Though it’s not an obvious comparison, the Finches call to mind nothing so much as a alternative folk version of the Fiery Furnaces. Sure, both bands’ names start with the letter “F” and they both play the boy-girl line-up card (though Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and Aaron Morgan aren’t siblings), but they also share a knack for melody and clever lyrics. It woulnd’t be a stretch to hear Eleanor Friedberger sing the off-kilter paean to wanderlust, “The Road” (“My home is wishing me away”) or the oblique take on a loveless marriage, “The House With Two Front Doors”. But Pennypacker Riggs is her own woman, with a rich, clear voice and a great balance between conversational (“I can pick you up cuz I kinda like to drive”, goes the chiming “Daniel’s Song”) and theatrical (“I command you to be a stranger unto me”, she demands on “The Stranger”). Sonically, it all sounds like you’d expect a folk album to sound, especially one that was recorded in a weekend by Morgan’s father—simply strummed with a shot of jangle, and even a little country twang on the closing “The Last Song of 2003”. Six Songs EP is a great teaser for the Finches’ debut LP, due Fall 2006. Even if you don’t think you like folk, check the Finches out.
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times. Thanks everyone.