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Alek Fin

Mull

(Self-released; US: 1 Dec 2012; UK: 1 Dec 2012)

Alek Fin has crafted a stunning EP with Mull. From the entrancing album art to the songs themselves, this feels like a complete and fully realized work. In four songs Alek Fin manages to say more than some producers-turned-artists can in three records. It’s haunting, calming, and inspiring in equal measure during its strongest moments, like the slow-burning title track and the crackling nervous energy of “Gone”, Mull‘s outstanding final track. The only moments that temporarily lose me on Mull are all confined to the ever-so-slightly overstuffed Radiohead-esque Rocks in Paper- and even then there are grounded organic elements of it that immediately re-enfold me in what’s happening. While it’s still early in his career, Mull has the potential to stand out as Fin’s masterwork. Mull is a perfect marriage of futurism and grounded traditionalism and is well worth getting excited over.

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Steven is a writer, musician, and filmmaker from Wisconsin who has spent his fair share of time in the entertainment trenches. He frequently contributes reviews and interviews to Playground Misnomer, which can be accessed here: http://www.playgroundmisnomer.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @unbusyinwi.


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