Jaunty-sounding indie-pop coming straight out of Leeds (and apparently on the way to Scandinavia, given Finnmark!’s titling). The brand new quartet sing about what they know; what they like and what they don’t, making their debut album Things Always Change a down-to-earth affair. On Beko Disques.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 June 2015
Sounding as C86 as it’s possible to get are Finnmark! who are from the people’s republic of Leeds and make very twee jaunty pop with an all important dash of humour thrown in for good measure.
Melancholic but with a knowing smirk, it’s ramshackle in the extreme with cheap guitars rubbing up against one finger organ melodies and skittering drums. We’ve been debating who the singer sounds like - I said Bic from Monochrome Set, Ian said Edwyn Collins, Nath said Ian Curtis and I (again) said Stephin Merritt. So you get the idea. The highlights seem to emerge in the first few tracks - the opening ‘Just Begin’ opens with a nice brass band sound before ‘Can’t Go’ on which is a perfect combination of the Field Mice and the Servants with a nice wandering violin part.
‘Transpennine Express’ manages to romanticise a most awful, cramped train service (£16.60 for a 25 minute train ride with nary a seat available? Daylight bloody robbery) and I was very curious to hear their cover of Guided By Voices ‘Jar of Cardinals’ - one of my favourite ever GBV songs and one I always thought would benefit from a full arrangement. They make it sound like a Magnetic Fields trapped in the upstairs room of the Pack Horse playing for their supper which sums up this record nicely - not always musically proficient but oozes a likeable charm.
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