Life lay before you
In a black frame
Conceived amidst the sunlit days of 2019’s summer in Vancouver, Ringfinger treads the nebulous boundaries separating darkwave from post-punk. Drawing equal inspiration from the chilly embrace of Canadian winters, vintage horror cinema, and the venerated pioneers of their musical realm, they craft their sound with the enveloping embrace of chorused guitars, set against the backdrop of expansive synthesizer tableaux and vocals bathed in delay.
This dark music duo, underpinned by the mechanical heartbeats of drum machines, showcases the talents of Hannah Dow-Kenny, who lends her touch to the bass, synthesizer, and vocals, and Mason McMorris, who melds the strains of guitar and synthesizer, complementing with his own voice.
Their debut album, In A Black Frame, is an eleven-track exploration of ethereal dark post-punk. Their offerings vibrate with a powerful bass and the drum machine’s precise rhythm, balanced elegantly with the ethereal strumming of guitars and phantom-like synthesizers. For those ensnared by the ageless allure of gothic masterpieces and the burgeoning renaissance of goth that graces the international musical landscape— with luminaries such as Twin Tribes, Lebanon Hanover, Drab Majesty, and Ritual Howls— the elegiac sonority of Ringfinger offers a comfort akin to a warm cuppa and the plush embrace of velvet.
Ringfinger crafts compositions rich in lyrical depth and emotional resonance, resulting in tracks that are undeniably rhythmic and alluring. Their melodies resonate with the sombre cadence of a lament reverberating through ancient subterranean chambers, beckoning those whose souls resonate with life’s deeper, more enigmatic philosophies. In A Black Frame seamlessly bridges the ambiance of shadowy dance floors and the introspective solace of repeated, personal listening. Songs like An Apparition break the convention of apocalyptic doom-mongering; choosing instead to focus more on tragic romance, the inner workings of the human psyche, and embracing dark sensuality.
The profound weight of sorrow and bereavement, while daunting, can sometimes pave the way for profound self-reflection and evolution. Yet, to traverse this transformative path, one is compelled to navigate the more shadowed corridors of the self. Chamber of Roses, for instance, explores the penumbral aspects of our being, and the multifaceted manifestations of grief.
“In A Black Frame” was meticulously crafted under the deft expertise of Ringfinger, and then graced with the sophisticated nuances of mixing and mastering by Joshua Akow. This exquisite album from Ringfinger is tailor-made for autumn’s chill: as dusk stretches its shadow and the cold nips gently, In A Black Frame evokes those spectres of past memories.
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