Since their formation in 2012 as an extension of Yuto Uchino’s musical vision, The Fin have stepped out of Japan to take on the world. The Fin are Yuto Uchino, who wrote and recorded their initial records in his bedroom, Ryosuke Odagaki and Kaoru Nakazawa. They’ve performed to thousands of rapturous fans at major festivals, including Fuji Rock, SXSW and Rising Sun. Their single “Afterglow” has already received remixes by FEWS and Anchorsong.
Staking their claim on America in 2015, The Fin embarked on a major tour there. They signed to Lost In The Manor the same year to release their debut UK EP, ‘Night Time’. Last year’s ‘Through The Deep’ EP was a cleverly refined follow-up and it prefaced their decision to move to London that autumn.
Their tenure here has seen them develop themselves artistically. Praise has built quickly around the group and they’ve achieved over two million Spotify plays for their stylish Europhile blend of synth-pop, chillwave and dream-pop. Complete with English lyrics addressing universal themes of everyday uncertainties. With this they’re evidently reaching the zenith of their artistic maturity. Making vital and exciting new music for the road ahead, The Fin are a reflection of the idea that music is rooted in feeling and not borders.
FEWS’ version of ‘Afterglow’, which you can listen to here, is industrial and ambient. A ten minute opus of ambient noise, murmuring beats and musical abstraction. FEWS reduce the song to its raw elements and juxtaposes them with their own ominous synth lines. Isolated guitars emerge from the musical ether. Abrasive saw wave synths and a house style four-on-the-floor beat puts the sky gazing elements of the original through an industrial metamorphosis. Less a remix, more a complete re-imagining.
Anchorsong however, opted for a summer vibe. Their remix retains the woozy and narcotising summer aesthetic of the original. It replaces the angular rock psychedelia with a dance beat embellish with Daft Punk funk-isms. It’s a post-rave comedown number that also sounds at home coasting down Ocean Drive in a convertible Cadillac.