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An acoustic reimagining of his acclaimed 2019 album Bloom Innocent, Bloom Innocent - Acoustic was recorded at JRS Studios in Berlin, where the Cornwall-born musician now lives, with Fink (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, percussion, ebow, cajon, DAF, Fender Rhodes, effects) joined by bandmates Tim Thornton (acoustic guitar, percussion, piano, backing vocals) and Guy Whittaker (fretless acoustic bass, percussion, effects, backing vocals).
When talking about the inspiration for the new record, Fink says, “We wanted to make an alternative to the produced, lush soundscapes of Bloom Innocent. When you've just finished a record and all the tracks are still fresh in your mind and reverberating around your soul it's a great time to get down the alternative life of a song, so just after we mastered the original album we spent two days in JRS Studios in Berlin, run by Axel from Jazzanova. Axel is a total microphone freak so I knew he'd be able to capture the reality of real recording and live takes with some amazing vintage stuff. There are no overdubs or anything, we just did a few takes and picked the vibiest - or the one with the least mistakes.”
“We jammed around for an hour or so before each take. Sometimes it was a case of just playing it well, other times it took us down really new routes. ‘We Watch The Stars’ came out really folky for example, we just loved how it sounded. I also think ‘Rocking Chair’ really shines in these JRS sessions, but then again so does the simplicity of ‘My Love's Already There’. We did ‘I Just Want A Yes’ in a kinda ‘Pilgrim’ style, we took it from a sort of jazz odyssey on the record to a more indy-traditional space with the acoustic version, purely because it sounded so good in the room.”
On lead track “‘Out Loud (Acoustic)’, Fink comments: “This was written as a kind of "missing you" type of song, like fragmented reflections from the perspective of the one who hasn't left - a place I don't often inhabit to be honest as I do a lot of leaving. It's like a trip down my own personal memory lane, and when I sing it it takes me to my neighbourhood in Berlin, and to my hometown in West Cornwall.”
OUR MISSION STATEMENT GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS
Lazy Days, Hazy Moments & Dancing to a Slower Groove