The Finks play the songs of Oliver Mestitz. They are sincere but flippant, intimate but aloof, subtle but unpolished. Today, they announce The moment the world rushed in releasing on Friday 24th September via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records.Listen to and watch the video for the title track HERE.
The Finks have released a steady stream of quietly uncompromising music via Milk! Records since 2012 – two EPs, two cassettes, three LPs and a handful of singles. Critics have described The Finks as “crushingly beautiful” and “perhaps the most underrated act in Australian music”.
With not a little luck I’d come unstuck, I’d swim the moment the world rushed in
Recorded in a tiny, sun-filled apartment during a pandemic, this “non-album” is an introvert’s consolation–a meticulously arranged collection of digital and analogue sounds, heartbreaking melodies and private enthusiasms. A musical beachcomber, Oliver Mestitz has turned his songwriter’s ear to building textures–synth blips and cassette loops, plucked cello and organ drones, 808s and rattled gum nuts, brushed drumheads and mellotron flute, fiddly guitars and mournful clarinet–that intermingle and unravel like thoughts at the edge of dreaming. The moment the world rushed in is a lullaby for houseplants, a pebble in a pocket, the sound of a curious mind working on a whim.
Five instrumentals envelope the title track, the only song with vocals, to create a cocoon of warm noise for the hushed refrain. As Oliver explains: The hungry ghosts came to me and said: Make MIDI music. Which is how this all started. Some songs took a while to come; I had to sort of coax them into being. I was spending a lot of time trying to learn sad jazz standards and fiddling around with a MIDI keyboard on my laptop. I didn’t get very far with the standards but I did pick up a few woozy modulations that made their way into this song.
The accompanying video was edited by Oliver from footage taken by his mum Anne Mestitz. In 1998, Anne Mestitz and Brigita Ozolins were second-year art students. With an artist-in-residence grant, they set up an exhibition in the middle of Northgate, a shopping centre just off Main Road, Moonah. The exhibition was a grouping of person-sized boxes, each with an opening at head height that encouraged passers-by to peer into a real or virtual interior. One day during the exhibition, Oliver‘s mum took her old Sony camcorder to Northgate and filmed shoppers tentatively looking into the boxes or pushing their trolleys past or reading the newspaper on one of the benches scattered around the plaza. The tape from that day contains fifteen minutes of zoomed-in, partly wobbly and out-of-focus footage of an elderly man sitting on a bench, wringing his hands.Apart from music, Oliver’s creative output as The Finks includes album art, t-shirt and poster design, film clips, photography, poetry booklets and zines. His fiction has been published in Meanjin and The Saturday Paper, and his poetry, drawings and collages can be found on fridges, walls and mantelpieces across the country.
You can now pre-order a digital copy of The moment the world rushed inhere. Physical “non-album” purchase includes “Their lives in art”: a zine of bleakly funny vignettes about the lives of artists real and imagined, unstuck in time. Each 44-page zine has been lovingly assembled, stitched and stamped by OM, and comes with full download of the music.