Concert Review: Fink and Douglas Dare @ The Mod Club – Toronto

A chilly Tuesday in late September seemed like an ideal night for some melodic melancholy. Toronto was in luck, as English songwriter Fink was in town.

Douglas Dare had a stirring emotional resonance in his voice, which travelled further thanks to the minimalist instrumentation. Supported by Fabian Prynn on percussions, the reclusive Dare showed off his mastery of crafting gloomy ballads that keep you interested via the right build-ups and wind-downs. The Mod Club crowd was respectfully quiet, and was rewarded with set highlights like ‘Lungful’ (“my only happy song according to my mom”) and piano ballad set closer ‘Caroline’. The loud cheers following the end of Dare’s set were well deserved, as sadness had never sounded this good.

With coordinated pulsating lights setting a serene ambience, Fin Greenall and his band lured the audience to believe his fantastical intimate world. The veteran Brit singer/songwriter, who was a DJ in another life, played through an extensive discography including songs from recent release Hard Believer. Noted for the simplistic musicality and memorable melodies, the crowd swayed around to Fin’s mid tempo gems such as ‘Warm Shadow’ (as heard in The Walking Dead), ‘Sort of Revolution’, ‘Perfect Darkness’ and his recent hit single ‘Looking too Closely’. As the first notes of ‘This is The Thing’ began, you couldn’t help but close your eyes, internalize the moment and let the song direct your movement. With Fink, it ain’t just music, it is an experience.

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Review by Nilabjo Banerjee |

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