"I know we’re at the end of December and thoughts of breezy days and summer skies feel like distant memories, but if you need a reminder just throw on Señor Fin’s Jazzy. The Seattle-via-Denton group blends low-key indie rock with just the right splash of jazzy elements to create a record that feels like sipping mojitos while drifting along Greenlake." - Dusty Henry
"When Señor Fin uprooted themselves from Denton, Texas to Seattle, they brought along with them a chunk of their hometown’s own DIY scene. Back in Denton, they sought to bridge the gap between the town’s jazz and rock scenes. It’d be inaccurate to say that they’re the first band to try and fuse these genres, but what Señor Fin does is find a remarkable middle ground between the two that feels natural, casual, and creates a malleable foundation for them to turn into whatever they want. By filling space between these two worlds, the band is able to exercise surrealism and confessional songwriting without throwing off the listener. It’s immediate and accessible on first listen, floating dreamily from track to track. But hidden beneath the layers of guitars, keys, and the soft drum patterns is some heavy introspection.
Opening track 'Egoa' could easily fit any summer road trip soundtrack with its lightly strummed acoustic guitars and airy vocals, but the lushness of the mix is counteracted by the self-criticism and internal conflict on ego, refreshing Facebook feeds, and trying to find balance in a world that really isn’t set up for anything like that. 'Weed Demon' is pure escapism from mania, taking solace in weed when the pressures of the world are becoming too much. It’s this keen ability to turn the everyday into psychedelic odysseys that really makes Jazzy such a thrilling experience.
Reality can be weird, scary, and mundane — sometimes all at the same time. The way the band exhumes all of this into something so light and charming is a testament to their prowess as musicians and songwriters. Put this record on, sit back, relax, and soak in all of the paranoia and existential crisis your heart desires."
"Señor Fín are a five-piece band from Denton, Texas, now based in Seattle, who make a dreamy brand of indie rock with retro pop flourishes. Last year saw the release of Cake Drink, Señor Fín’s third release which earned them comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell and The Dirty Projectors, and now the band are set to release their self-titled album on The United Worker’s Party, U.S.A.
We’re delighted to share ‘Joe Charmers’, a single from the forthcoming album. Building on the vibes from the previous releases, the song sees the band with an expanded confidence, ramping up the drums and vaguely psychedelic guitars to create a vivid, sensory corridor down which the narrator leads us by hand. There’s a sense of rejuvenation to the track, an assurance born of discovering oneself or perhaps another with whom you can live as such.
And such a tactile vibe to the lyrics is unsurprising considering the inspiration. As the press release describes: “The track is a recollection of several larger-than-life characters surrounding Señor Fín guitarist Ronan Delisle’s living situation in Brooklyn circa late 2014; snapshots of roommates and tenants, the excitement of New York nightlife, and questions of identity in a new town all emerge to create the lyrical fabric of this song.”
Although the band originally hails from Denton, Texas, the five members of Señor Fin currently reside in Seattle, where they steadily pick up new fans left and right through their emotionally intense music. While the band likes to call themselves “genre neutral,” we’re nothing if not always willing to overly genre-fy music, and Señor Fin’s approach to rock music seems to pull from many great sources. Listening to their music, it’s obvious the band members all share a love of emo music, and take inspiration from many of the genre’s best names, both new and old. Señor Fin’s music is rife with melancholy and strong feelings oozing from every which way, a feeling that’s felt both in their impassioned vocals and grave instrumental accompaniment, which is heavy on twinkly guitars, performed by both Ronan Delisle and Jesse Miller, who have a great chemistry together on dual guitar duties. When the full band comes together on a track though, you can pick up strong early post-rock influences in their song structures, the difficult drumming, and overall slow pace of their songs. However, while Señor Fin certainly have their influences, they play to their strengths as a band amazingly well, and clearly have a passion for their craft.
Cake Drink, a four-song EP recorded in mid-2014 and released by the band in January of this year, was the band’s latest release, and is definitely the band’s most emblematic project to date. Across the four tracks and 19 minutes this release spans, you get a glimpse of Señor Fin at their most creative and inspired yet. The intimate and percussion-less “Not the World” kicks the EP off, with little more than layered guitars and a minimal bass line backing up Miller’s toned-down singing, which has been treated with just a smidgen of reverb to give the track more of a light feel. Though the track is short, it isn’t long before the EP starts busting out the big guns, with the ambitious eight-minute monolith “Through You,” which features all sorts of instrumental swells, background vocals, guitar feedback and atmospheric sounds courtesy of resident Seattleite Cynthia Chiou, and Mason Lynass’ technical and impressive drumming, all coming together to form a song that feels purposeful and never drags, despite being eight minutes in length. The song eventually explodes into a speedy and noisy jam, with rapid fire drum rolls and heavy, ardent guitars all firing off at once like a war-zone. The Cake Drink EP is a solid listen from beginning to end, and is enough to please both those looking for a relatable rock album to set a sad mood, and those looking for rock music that isn’t afraid to move in whatever direction it wants to at the drop of a hat.