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Finnr’s Cane Play With Nostalgia On “Elegy”

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Canada’s Finnr’s Cane feels familiar, as if I made an emotional connection with their music when I was in my early teenage years. Familiarity is an odd beast, often denoting a lack of uniqueness in the artist or band themselves, but this feels different. It feels far too connected and nostalgic to simply be “one of those bands who sounds like some other formative band.” Listen to an exclusive premiere of Elegy below.

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On Elegy, this trio follows the wooden path laid before them through a newer, more progressive take on the romantic, transcendental style often found on home label Prophecy Productions. All the name-drops can be made, but only superficially; Finnr’s Cane prefers an air of mystery hidden beneath the safety of affinity. However beautiful, this is the music of confusion made by tricksters. Spine-tingling nostalgia, for instance, could suddenly devolve into the bizarre and aggressive at a moment’s notice. With a river-like flow, Finnr’s Cane revels in these dime-turn rapids to mirror nature’s injections of momentum. Heraclitus famously said “Ever-newer waters flow on those who step into the same rivers,” and Finnr’s Cane revels in the ever-changing nature of their watery course.

Even so, it feels familiar, the atmospheric, folky bent found on Elegy manifests itself without pretense. The utilization of cello and overt neofolkisms appeal to the more weathered Prophecy fan, but, again, only superficially. It takes some reminding to look beyond Finnr’s Cane’s classic romanticism and understand what is underneath, but what lies there is entirely new.

Elegy is out Friday on Prophecy Productions.

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