Spooky spooky business here from Fingers, a trio operating on the Blackest Ever Black label. Hide Before Dinner is a little like a Ghost Box album where the implicit threat and unease is made explicit. Electronics swath fragments of murmured songs about childhood darkness. A successful attempt to conjure a certain aesthetic.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 02 September 2015
This is the Hammock / Dead Can Dance collab album that should have been. Cautiously chilling, this set of quietly sung spook meditations tries to occupy a space within all of us - our childhood origins and the mad spectrum of occurrences that such freedom entails. It tries and succeeds, funnily enough, sounding a little like a broken nursery rhyme uttered on that island from the Wicker Man.
Little toy music boxes twinkle for a second before their tuning flexes in this weird trippy way, smothered in echo, before being swallowed by some muted, distorted noisery. And this is just the bed that Carla dal Forno reclines uneasily onto, her distant voice small like a threatened innocence bends lazily in pitch. There are some serious crossovers with early 90s dream pop here, but Ian’s the expert, email him for the deets. Jangly dreamy guitars and disconnected bass wanderings, reverbed vocals and introspective watery keyboard tones, all heard through the machines of the bedroom electronica aficionado. Real darkness enters during ‘Under the House Hard to Breathe’, with minor melodies hiding every corner - Blackest Ever Black indeed.
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