The irate twin brother of Daft Punk has stumbled brazenly into wild Gorillaz territory, unafraid to dictate his own drawbacks straight from the very shoulder his fervent subconscious perches on.
Flaws, flaws, flaws. These universally held defects form the boundaries of human limitations. Biting the bullet and accepting them is a tough pill to swallow, but bitter medicine is bread and butter to Nottingham’s newest existentialist.
Spewing an ever-changing web of abstract musings, this ironic homage to fortitude espouses the pop nuances of Finneas as it bleeds into subtleties of alternative rap, plunging its sonic identity into the sparkling unknown. The thick mechanical drum ensemble conducts the mix with a perfunctory swagger, enthusing its four-on-floor rhythm with faint flickered chucks of flanging guitars. Monstrous pitch shifts cavort with bubbling synth-work, nestled above a gregarious helping of motivational wordplay straight from the horses mouth; but this steed is more of an undomesticated mustang than a pampered pony.
“I wrote these lyrics in late 2019 to a completely different instrumental, but produced this song in December 2020 before leaving Nottingham for Christmas. My friend Thabiso (El Taco Fiesta) was freestyling at my house and I sampled his take for the bridge in the song (the “turn up move right” part). I was listening to a lot of pop music at the time, and mixed the song to fit into pop standards while reconciling with a home studio. The song is about personal growth and being aware of your own shortcomings, as a path to confidence.”
In short, Finn B enthuses and intrigues, compartmentalising his inner demons into dismissive pigeon holes that are purposely left to be neglected. With a vocal delivery as blunt as a divorce lawyer, you’d be forgiven into thinking this ambivalent tale falls under typical ‘sad boy’ rap, but rigid music genres are outdated, and this cathartic anecdote refuses to conform to that motif.
Taken from his upcoming 7-track summer project, ‘Loser’ spectacularly fails to define its title. Though the paucity of stygian shades obscures an underlying buoyancy, in a tongue and cheek way, it underlines the notion that life is not a matter of winning or losing, but how you play the game.