The fin. have come a long way, both in a metaphorical and literal sense.
Formed in 2010 in Kobe, Japan, the band consists of Yuto Uchino on vocals and synths, Ryosuke Odagaki on guitar, and Kaoru Nakazawa on drums and bass. They’ve performed in front of thousands of fans at numerous festivals such as Fuji Rock, SXSW, and The Great Escape.
To hone their music, they even moved to London and have collaborated with various British artists and producers, resulting in two EPs, Lost in the Manor and Through the Deep.
Now they’re taking their career further with the release of their debut album, There.
Featuring the group’s stylish Europhile blend of synth-pop, chillwave, and dream-pop, the album explores themes of everyday uncertainties in a mesmerising, dream-like quality.
“The fin.’s debut album has finally arrived and for one-man mastermind Yuto Uchino it’s the summation of four years hard graft taking his band and his creativity around the globe,” the band’s press release reads.
“Though he explores his whims and interests and wades into deep creative waters, There is an album that never loses sight of the shore. Resolutely listenable from start to finish, it’s a testament to Uchino’s critical faculties as an artist that he always appears to be making the music he wants to hear.
“A master of space and texture There is his opus and it’s an album to fall in love with.”
Recently, we were lucky enough to get a hold of the group amidst their busy schedule to know more about the album:
Tell us a little about your background. How did you guys come together as a band?
“I met them when I was four to six years old. We’d been always hanging around together. So we’re real old friends. We started playing music about 10 years ago, but we were just a cover band at first, not so serious. I wanted to do more serious things when I got older, so we formed this band in 2012.”
How would you describe your music?
“People say many things about my music but I still don’t know how to describe my music. I love indie music so it’s really close to it I guess.”
What was it like working on your debut album? Where or who did you turn to for inspiration?
“Since a few years ago, we’ve been traveling around the world. I met many people and encountered many emotions. I always try to remain something in my work, so this album is something like the outcomes of these years.
“I recorded almost everything in my room in Tokyo and mix and produce in London.”
Do you have a favourite track in the album?
“It’s hard to pick one but I would say Shedding and Outskirts. The both songs has strong energy and very surreal.”
What should your listeners expect from There?
“I want listeners to enjoy it just as they want. But I’ll be very happy if you feel something that you don’t feel normally or find a connection to your life by listening to this album.”