The Finks play the songs of Oliver Mestitz. They are sincere but flippant, intimate but aloof, thoughtful but careless. Oliver records everything in his Melbourne home, mostly alone, layering instrument upon instrument and mixing each song straight to tape. The Finks have been with Milk! Records since their first EP, Things Work Out, was released in 2012. Since then, they’ve released two more EPs (At the Royal Witherspoon and Settling) and three albums (Lucklaster, Middling and Rolly Nice).
Rolly Nice (2018) is a handful of objects, an album of contrasts. It includes sketches for solo piano, a guitar-led instrumental (‘La chose’) and a monologue set to music (‘Charlie’s manifesto’). Lyrically, ‘Thankful’ and ‘Peter out’ have the brevity of poems, while ‘Body language’ and ‘When what changed us changed us’ take on the complexity and intimacy of other lives lived.
No Finks release would be complete without Sarah Farquharson, who sings, plays cello and reads on Rolly Nice. The album also includes vocals and guitar by Jake Core (Soda Eaves). It was mixed by Oliver at home and mastered in Rye with Mikey Young.
Each physical copy comes with a 24 page colour booklet featuring lyrics, collages and micro-poems by Oliver.
Praise for The Finks
“Crushingly beautiful … a rare gift” Doug Wallen, Rolling Stone Australia
“Melancholy and sweetly meandering, with lyrics you want to write down and mail to strangers” Kate Ross, Happy