Ringfinger – In A Black Flame
Label; Negative Gain (2023)
Ringfinger from Vancouver/Canada is inspired by bands like She Past Away, Twin Tribes and Clan Of Xymox. Ringfinger offers great atmospheric Darkwave with nice melancholic melodies.
Ringfinger from Vancouver/Canada is inspired by bands like She Past Away, Twin Twin Tribes and Clan Of Xymox. Ringfinger offers great atmospheric Darkwave with nice melancholic melodies.
Those who have followed the career of Vancouver’s Ringfinger since the release of their earliest EPs in 2019 should have no issue recognizing the jump forward in every aspect of the darkwave project’s presentation apparent on debut LP In a Black Frame.
On that point, what separates the band from the broader world of post-punk is their embrace of straightfaced doomy melodrama, putting enough energy and thrust behind it to keep it from being bogged down in all-encompassing malaise. The album’s opening salvo of the brief table-setter “Black Frame” and first proper song “Familiar Placement” exemplifies the band perfectly; where the former sets up the smokey, sombre atmosphere that pervades the record, the latter comes rushing out of the gate with splashy drum programming, chiming guitars, and Morris’ baritone vocals, with some smart application of chorused bass and and mournful synths that build to a satisfyingly grandiose finale. It’s a playbook they use again on catchy club-ready cuts like “Chamber of Roses” and the hypnotic “The Veil of Night” (that one recalling some of Ikon’s finer moments).
Like the best acts in the current wave of goth-leaning darkwave like Twin Tribes or Hapax, Ringfinger have found the right balance between mood and actual honest to god songcraft on In A Black Frame. It’s a tremendous step forward and arrival for Ringfinger, and one of the genre’s best efforts year to date. Recommended. Review from Idieyoudie.com
1. Black Frame 00:48
2. Familiar Placement 04:19
3. Behind The Web of Ice 04:24
4. Muscari Neglectum 00:54
5. An Apparition 03:45
6. Until We Fade Away (Decay) 04:29
7. Chamber of Roses 04:24
8. The Veil of Night 03:13
9. Upon Acres 04:13
10. Ascending A Solitary Stair 00:47
11. World of Glass 04:19