This Is The Thing
Label: Ninja Tune
Seven years after debuting his ambient trip-hop persona known as Fink, Fin Greenall has transformed his guise into that of a solid acoustic soul-barer. Despite a likeness to fellow Brits John Martyn and Nick Drake, Greenall doesn't simply evoke their melancholy musings, but utilizes his turntablist background to underpin an aura of dark and bluesy downtempo. Lamb alum Andy Barlow's production helps smooth out Greenall's squeaky fretting and finger-picking into a sleek Zero 7-like chillness. Highlights include "Trouble's What You're In," "Get Your Share" and "Little Blue Mailbox."