The Finks are a collection of people and ideas based around the songs of Oliver Mestitz. Middling is their fifth release in as many years.
Following the all-acoustic Lucklaster (2014) and a piano-and-vocals EP, Settling (2015), Middling captures The Finks with a rhythm section, three shared vocalists and guest appearances on guitar, piano and cello.
Middling was written and recorded by Oliver at home using an 8-track cassette mixer. He played almost everything himself, layering instrument upon instrument and mixing each song straight to tape.
To listen to Middling is to step through the front door: the guitars are warm, the piano slightly wonky, the vocals echo off the floorboards and the windows let in sounds of traffic, birds and rain.