Toronto cyborg-funk/post punk artist Lee Paradise has announced the release of his new album 'The Fink'.
The 12-track album was written and recorded between Berlin and Lee's home, and will be out on December 4 via Telephone Explosion Records. Pre-order your copy here.
Fusing dark electronic grooves with live instrumentation, the songs of The Fink are both a warning against our impending demise and a head-nodding soundtrack for the post-apocalypse.
His new single, "Maintaining Platitudes" brings with it a throbbing, head-bobbing rhythm cut with a ping-ponging synth line. Lee's voice simmers below the surface once again, sparring with the blinking 808s, disco-infused hi-hats, and fizzing electronic swathes.
Speaking about the new single, Daniel Lee says: "Maxims exist to guide us, set precedent, give weight to the learned laws of society, rules of conduct and advice on how to live. But in doing so they also constrict and often conflict. After all, there is always an opposing maxim to the one that you are hearing."
"These little folk laws are dogmatic," he continues. "In a sea of rigid suggestions, which is the correct one to follow? I look to them for superficial comfort and assurance but also find them incredibly oppressive in their sweeping judgments. They are meant to anchor us and provide guidance but, if taken too literally, can also be overwhelming and lead to paralysis. It’s good to be wary of this “law” and question the validity of a thing so staunch in its stance. Life is fluid and ever-changing, and values and ideas also evolve through growth. 'Maintaining Platitudes' is a satirical take on these maxims, and the act of clinging to them in times of despair."
In Lee’s words, this is an emo record with music as medicine to drown out the mind's clutter. Menacing and eerie in its nature, it looks to portray an uneasy state of mind and comes part-inspired by sci-fi tropes and ideas of a dystopian future. “I wanted it to sound like a wasteland," says Lee, "where the sun doesn't shine and humans have long ceased to be relevant out of self-destruction. Weeds are breaking through the cracks of the concrete and nature is slowly creeping back into urban blocks where humans used to live.”
Check out the album's tracklist and take a listen to "Maintaining Platitudes" below.
The Fink tracklist:
01. Lost Interest
02. Message To The Past
03. Tales To Tell
04. Maintaining Platitudes
06. A Present To Ponder
07. What Is Your Safe Place?
08. Positive Manifestations
10. Hollow Face
11. Medicinal Magic