Fink // Shepherds Bush Empire review

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On November 27th we headed out to see Fink as he brought the Perfect Darkness tour to the Shepherds Bush Empire for his last UK performance of the year. It’s been over a year since the Brighton singer/songwriter released his fourth solo album and nearly two years since we last saw him at Nottinghill’s Arts Club, where he tested out his new material in an intimate performance. The Shepherds Bush show was in a completely different league, with Fink and his band playing a set that had been honed and perfected over the tour. The setup up was kept simple with Fink on acoustic guitar and joined by a bassist, drummer, violinist and support act Rae Morris on keys. The stage featured image projections and curved light rig courtesy of 59 Productions and provided an interesting visual accompaniment to the audio with lapping waves, falling objects and burning flames. Fink played extended versions of a number of tracks from the new album, decorated with tense, epic build ups and layered with gentle percussion, raw guitars, soothing strings and deep vocal harmonies. Stand out tracks were Fear Is Like Fire, Honesty, Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us and Berlin Sunrise and hardcore fans were rewarded with old numbers like This Is The Thing, If Only and the brilliant Pretty Little Thing. The show marked a fine end to this 18 month tour and an incredible performance from this seasoned pro.