Ben Fink - Continue to Breathe Normally
"The cover image of this album shows a soft-hued photograph of a free-falling vintage bicycle against the ocean backdrop. It could be interpreted that this image represents some sort of a personal upheaval for Ben Fink, once known as the lead guitarist from The Whitlams, and also a man with an eclectic soul background.
All his pop and esoteric influences are evident on this album, Fink's vocals are flighty, wavering very near to the brink of Buckley or Wainwright, but swings just far enough that he maintains a tasteful individuality.
I'm Gonna Get There displays his penchant for gospel harmony and is a treat to open the record with - from there we go through a rustic post-grunge sort of songbook with Lazy, and the languid European soul of Shellshocked. It's all quite good, if missing the much desired 'track 9 catharsis'. But Fink is an accomplished soul, and certainly worth a listen."
Aidan Roberts -
continue to breathe normally…
is a self-funded independent release recorded over a span of 3 years, using ‘guerrilla’ recording techniques at various motel rooms, studios and musicians’ houses all over Australia.
Featuring a stellar ensemble of some of Australia’s top jazz musicians, “continue to breathe normally…” is an epic showcase of songcraft and musicianship with benfink (vocals, guitars, bass, harmonium, clavinet, shakers, cowbell, pods), Greg Sheehan (drums), Bill Jacobi (electric bass), Brett Hirst (arco double bass), Walter Piccolruaz (congas, cowbell, guiro, chekere, bata), Tony Hayden (trombone), Dimitri Vouros (alto sax), Pix Vane-Mason (vocals), Kyla Cobe (vocals), Lucinda Peters (vocals), Rowan du Boisee (harmonica), Matthew Fargher (zeze), Matt McMahon (piano, rhodes), Mark Elliott (soprano & tenor sax), Trevor Brown (soprano sax/flute) and Brett Hunt (harmonica).
The mixes were crafted by Ben Hudson at Sony studios and then mastered by William Bowden, creating a sonic landscape that draws you in and envelops you.