I’ll be honest, I originally only checked out The fin. because of a remix done by Petite Noir. However, the original track surprised me and was far better than Petite Noir’s choppy reinvention. From Japan, The fin. is an indie rock quartet that straddles that area of Euro-shoegaze and dream pop. The lead track off their upcoming EP of the same name, “Night Time,” is a song that proudly stands by its title. Written at night during band member’s Yuto Uchino long, lonely walk from the train station, the song is a chilly reminder of the quaintness of silence. It’s the kind of track that doesn’t entice you on first listen, but it gradually warms you up by the second and third. If you like this, remember to check out their full EP when it drops December 4.
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The most recognizable thing about Petite Noir (aka Yannick Ilunga) is his voice. It’s one of those love it/hate type voices that, at its best, harkens back to TV on the Radio, and at its worst–Depeche Mode karaoke. But straddling sides isn’t new for the Cape Town native. Ilunga started singing in punk bands before adapting a new genre he calls noirwave. “Noirwave is about being yourself and combining all of your influences,” he tells i-D, “which sounds super simple and clichéd but most people find that really difficult.” His new EP, The King of Anxiety, is an intriguing mixture of retro rock, jazz, and soul, fulfilling the mission of noirwave without sounding an ounce as “art project”-y as the name might appear. My favorite track is “Till We Ghosts,” a track that actually made its web premiere back in 2012 but was updated with an added duet with Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) for the EP. If you like this, we also recommend “Chess” (of course, if you haven’t heard it already).
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