Release Date: 20/08/21
Spec: Indie exclusive limited edition colour bronze opaque vinyl 2LP 140g. 24 page 12x12 booklet and download code
And so to IIUII. Both the acoustic album and the book are a document of the first ten years of Fink Mark Two, 2006-16 - "that whole arc, from my bedroom to having a proper hit, playing the big festival stages with big production, and all the rest." In 2019, after heavy band touring for three years, Fin did a solo acoustic tour which took him full circle back to the simplicity of those early days - and making an album that reflected this seemed a beautiful way to tie the whole story together.
IIUII, then, is a retrospective, but it’s just as much about the here and now. To rerecord those songs with the maturity that Fin and his band members have achieved is about viewing the past through the lessons it has taught, not just remastering and repeating it. This was a chance to listen back through all the records, appreciate them for what they are, separate from the usual demands of which songs work on stage – and then give each song the treatment it deserves. Thus the spare early tracks “Pills in my Pocket” and “Biscuits” twinkle with exquisite detail, and leave wide open spaces for Fin’s unflinching self-analysis to be heard. And the textural qualities of later tunes like 2011’s “Berlin Sunrise” or 2014’s “Shakespeare” are reimagined so they flow elegantly into your unconscious and stay there...
So here it is, and here he is - having taken the road less travelled and proved it worked. "I don't know if the industry could do that now," he says: "let someone work their way from nothing through album after album until it works. But Ninja stood by me, and that's what I did, and I can't tell you how good it feels to have got here by the difficult road."
A1: Sort Of Revolution (IIUII)
A2: Warm Shadow (IIUII)
A3: Looking Too Closely (IIUII)
B1: Shakespeare (IIUII)
B2: Pills In My Pocket (IIUII)
B3: This Is The Thing (IIUII)
C1: Walking In The Sun (IIUII)
C2: Blueberry Pancakes (IIUII)
C3: Berlin Sunrise (IIUII)
D1: Maker (IIUII)
D2: Biscuits (IIUII)
D3: Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us (IIUII)