JEFF FINLIN

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The Guru In The Girl

Man In The Moon Records

Amer­i­cana and its tum­ble­weed is at the heart of Jeff Finlin’s mu­sic. A prose writer as well as a singer/song­writer, Finlin takes his own sweet time so that his songs have all the sign of lengthy ges­ta­tion, emerg­ing fully formed into the ether. Mu­si­cally, he plies a path not dis­sim­i­lar to that of Jef­frey Fou­cault in his Ghost Re­peater pe­riod: lan­guid gui­tar lines be­neath warm, world-weary vo­cals, punc­tu­ated by sub­tle pi­ano. The Guru In The Girl’s am­bit is wide, its sweep wor­thy of the wide open vis­tas in which Finlin trav­els, and re­mark­ably, he achieves all this with just one other mu­si­cian, BJ Baart­mans, (and Sjo­erd van Bom­mel, a drum­mer on two tracks). Lyri­cally com­plex, this is a col­lec­tion that doesn’t wear its heart on its sleeve but dis­penses count­less re­wards with re­peated ex­po­sure. jefffin­lin.com

This is a col­lec­tion that doesn’t wear its heart on its sleeve but dis­penses count­less re­wards with re­peated ex­po­sure

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