GENUFLEX - 'BLUDEVOTION' EP AND LONDON LIVE DATE
With comparisons as broad as Roy Orbison and Liz Fraser, to Elvis and Dead Can Dance, the sound of Genuflex is certainly hard to define. One thing that is clear, as the name suggests, is that anyone who does hear the debut EP ‘Bludevotion’ is likely to be transfixed by the beguiling music of Genuflex, AKA Finn Vine. Further testament to his unique style came when he was asked to provide one of the standout covers on the recent David Bowie tribute album We Were So Turned On, alongside more prominent artists like Duran Duran and John Frusciante.
Initially confined to Finn’s bedroom with no intention of being played to anyone, Finn created a crooner called Genuflex, a persona through which he could fully explore the almost monastic solitude of the creative process. Using only his laptop, Finn indulged himself in making the arrangements as grand or as minimal as he pleased, while also submitting entirely to his emotions in the lyrics. Writing, recording, producing and playing everything himself, Genuflex was born out of this solitary ritual, a divine moment alone.
What resulted is a sublime and original sound, at once bold and artful yet with melodies that soar. With subject matter that ranges from heartache and loss, to obsession and fate, Finn’s voice cuts through these huge themes and elevates them to a truly heavenly level. ‘Bludevotion’ meditates on yearning over menacing swathes of synth bass, while ‘I’ll Wander On’ is unlike anything else around. A skewed take on blue-eyed soul emblazoned with distortion, Finn’s vocal is hypnotic as he sings of a broken heart. The effect is mesmerising.
Genuflex conjures up some of the great artists of our time; the dramatic torch song anguish of Scott Walker and David Lynch’s surreal agony of life, without neglecting the pop nous found in Talk Talk, Berlin era Bowie and Cocteau Twins. Genuflex achieves that rare mix of raw emotional renderings with a modern dynamic.
LIVE - 9TH NOVEMBER 2011- THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS