The Finks

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The Finks

by Doug Wallen | December 13th, 2016 9:10:AM EST

"I'm not ahead of my time, I'm behind it," quips Oliver Mestitz to open the fifth release from his revolving-cast ensemble the Finks. He's a natural at such self-deprecation (see the album title), and he's also got enough deadpan charm and attention to lyrical detail to rival his pal Courtney Barnett. As for the music, it dabbles in low-key guests and alternately creaky and luminous guitar melodies against a home-recorded intimacy that's perfect for Mestitz's tender wordplay. Songs like "Old Life" and the harmonica-rustled "How Long Is Too Long?" are achingly slow and crushingly beautiful, both in the tale and in the telling. "I measure my words," sings Mestitz, and that kind of understatement is a rare gift.

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