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Thank you for this. I've never heard of Fink before your article (Yes, I fall into stereotypical audiophile demo - middle aged white male) but this is good stuff. Most orchestral "cross-overs" I've listened to have been train wrecks. Nice to find an exception. Flac file purchased.

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The Live album "Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet" is one of the most mesmeric and well recorded albums I have heard in many years and is a particular favorite. Sit back...turn out the lights....and be carried away!!

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Listening on Tidal right now, and your right, this is something special. I have to admit I am not totally enamored with Fink's voice and style, but with the orchestral support it really does pop, and has a presence that grabs you. No doubt I will be downloading this from Ninja...

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Thank you for this. I've never heard of Fink before your article (Yes, I fall into stereotypical audiophile demo - middle aged white male) but this is good stuff. Most orchestral "cross-overs" I've listened to have been train wrecks. Nice to find an exception. Flac file purchased.

I'm streaming on Tidal right now.

To buy it, I could only find it as CD or Wav 44.1Khz on Fink.

Is there any hi-res version available somewhere?

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First listening re sample track, I, too, was taken with the assembly of group + orchestra. And downloaded the WAV 44.1/16 album from Ninja Tune. Similarly, as crenca describes, I feel the same way after a second listening to the first three tracks. I found the tracks repetitive stylistically, and, frankly, the first tracks sound like each other so that I moved on to other music that held my attention throughout the album tracks. I stopped listening after three tracks so I have not heard the remaining tracks. But music appreciation is subjective and I am merely expressing my experience rather than contradicting what others appreciate about Fink. Afterall, enjoying the music is paramount.

 

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I honestly don't believe any of Fink 's albums will disappoint the listener.....but agree the "live" Perfect Darkness" and the RCO are my personal favourites. Now the track from Perfect Darkness - Trouble is What You're In....just sublime - lights off, volume up....way up if you can ?

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Chris, thanks for highlighting this. I enjoyed the music and the recording from Tidal.

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This quote alone makes me want to try out this recording, even though I nearly always hate pop/rock accompanied by a symphonic orchestra:

Fink’s drummer Tim Thornton puts the feeling you get hearing opener ‘Berlin Sunrise’ better than anyone. ‘Nothing will ever beat the first time the RCO kicked-in behind me, on that first rehearsal day. The best analogy I can come up with is this: imagine sitting in your car, pressing down the accelerator, and instead of the whirr and buzz of your ten-year-old Toyota Corolla, you get the sound and rumble of a Boeing 747 jet engine. That’s what it felt like for me.'
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First listening re sample track, I, too, was taken with the assembly of group + orchestra. And downloaded the WAV 44.1/16 album from Ninja Tune. Similarly, as crenca describes, I feel the same way after a second listening to the first three tracks. I found the tracks repetitive stylistically, and, frankly, the first tracks sound like each other so that I moved on to other music that held my attention throughout the album tracks. I stopped listening after three tracks so I have not heard the remaining tracks. But music appreciation is subjective and I am merely expressing my experience rather than contradicting what others appreciate about Fink. Afterall, enjoying the music is paramount.

 

Best,

Richard

Hi Richard - Give track four a listen. It's all orchestral and very different from the first three :~)

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Great stuff, thanks for the heads up. Listening through Tidal right now and I see they have about 10 more albums.

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This is a fun read. Nice to see you had a run-in with Fink, very similar to me...

 

I had this exact same 'how could I have missed this guy?' thought somewhere in 2013. I had never heard of Fink prior to listening to him on vinyl (Sort of Revolution) during a demo at one of the more prestigious dealers in NL. I remember preferring listening to the Magico Q1's playing Fink over the Magico Q7's in the next room playing ...(fill in any well recorded utterly un-involving audiophile stuff).

 

I then ran into the "Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet" live album, which replaced "February" by Kane (Dutch band) as my album of choice for a deserted island. I remember flagging "Wheels Turn.." in a best find of the year '13 thread here on CA.

 

I really like the RCO album, but do still prefer Fink live with his own band. I went to see Fink in Paradiso (Amsterdam) November last year and, what a coincidence, I went to see Fink in the Royal Concertgebouw (without the RCO, just the venue) the day before yesterday (Oct 22).. Paradiso was epic. No more, no less. I felt the Concertgebouw acoustics (highly regarded ) are simply less fit for this particular purpose and the hall, although very classy, does not have the rock-temple vibe & intimacy of the Paradiso. It was still very good though..

 

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FINK in the Concertgebouw (Oct. 22, 2015 - Amsterdam)

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This is a fun read. Nice to see you had a run-in with Fink, very similar to me...

 

I had this exact same 'how could I have missed this guy?' thought somewhere in 2013. I had never heard of Fink prior to listening to him on vinyl (Sort of Revolution) during a demo at one of the more prestigious dealers in NL. I remember preferring listening to the Magico Q1's playing Fink over the Magico Q7's in the next room playing ...(fill in any well recorded utterly un-involving audiophile stuff).

 

I then ran into the "Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet" live album, which replaced "February" by Kane (Dutch band) as my album of choice for a deserted island. I remember flagging "Wheels Turn.." in a best find of the year '13 thread here on CA.

 

I really like the RCO album, but do still prefer Fink live with his own band. I went to see Fink in Paradiso (Amsterdam) November last year and, what a coincidence, I went to see Fink in the Royal Concertgebouw (without the RCO, just the venue) the day before yesterday (Oct 22).. Paradiso was epic. No more, no less. I felt the Concertgebouw acoustics (highly regarded ) are simply less fit for this particular purpose and the hall, although very classy, does not have the rock-temple vibe & intimacy of the Paradiso. It was still very good though..

 

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FINK in the Concertgebouw (Oct. 22, 2015 - Amsterdam)

Great story. Thanks for posting. I'm jealous. I wish Fink would tour here in the US.

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Thank you so much for sharing this. I have had an awesome week musically discovering Fink and also with a great live show I will share in Album of the Evening. I was able to share this with like minded listeners and they loved it. When you write about musicians and band with this kind of passion I have no issue with voting with my dollars without hearing a single note. You have wonderful taste sir!!!!!

 

CA needs more of this passion for MUSIC within the forums and a whole lot less of arguments on the same lot of subjective subjects over and over again. Music like this brings us together in such a beautiful way.

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Thank you so much for sharing this. I have had an awesome week musically discovering Fink and also with a great live show I will share in Album of the Evening. I was able to share this with like minded listeners and they loved it. When you write about musicians and band with this kind of passion I have no issue with voting with my dollars without hearing a single note. You have wonderful taste sir!!!!!

 

CA needs more of this passion for MUSIC within the forums and a whole lot less of arguments on the same lot of subjective subjects over and over again. Music like this brings us together in such a beautiful way.

Thanks for the post Booster. I'm very happy to see you and your like minded listeners have also experienced as much enjoyment from this album as I have.

 

I agree with you about CA needing more passion for music and less arguments about the same subjects.

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Thank you so much for sharing this. I have had an awesome week musically discovering Fink and also with a great live show I will share in Album of the Evening. I was able to share this with like minded listeners and they loved it. When you write about musicians and band with this kind of passion I have no issue with voting with my dollars without hearing a single note. You have wonderful taste sir!!!!!

 

CA needs more of this passion for MUSIC within the forums and a whole lot less of arguments on the same lot of subjective subjects over and over again. Music like this brings us together in such a beautiful way.

 

x2. Thanks for the Boost!

:-)

 

I also have discovered Fink because of this and using Tidal.

BTW, two different artists share the same name on Tidal...

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Check out Sort of Versions EP. This is him solo and acoustic. My favourite and sound wise one of the best acoustic recordings I know. It is on Tidal and can be bought from Sort of Versions EP (2009) – Fink

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Check out Sort of Versions EP. This is him solo and acoustic. My favourite and sound wise one of the best acoustic recordings I know. It is on Tidal and can be bought from Sort of Versions EP (2009) – Fink

 

Listening to this now. Sounds awesome.

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