Matt Finucane has been around a while. When I picked up on him five years ago he'd just gone solo, and before that he was fronting Empty Vessels. His voice brings to mind several artists but on this, his second album, he has produced a much more involving, even body of work. He’s best described as David Bowie impersonating Iggy's croon; it’s the sound of the bedsit boulevardier. Subject matter is usually wryly misanthropic observations on our foibles.
Glow in the Dark starts with “Into It”, seemingly a straight love song that sets us gently off on a trip though Matt's world. The songs are recorded meticulously with marvellous sounds applied in the studio - check the excellent and unusual “Larkin” or what sounds like ripping pages on “Yr Own Poison”. This attention to sound helps make a more accessible album that draws you in. Second track “Hard Science” has a riff out of Iggy's “Cold Metal” and shows the side of Matt that has raised Lou Reed comparisons from others. “In The Marketplace” takes an almost lascivious delight in its list of pleasures available at a price. As with most of Matt’s stuff, this album never truly lays its cards on the table, allowing for interpretation by the listener. One thing is for sure – we’re all going to Hell in a handcart.
“Love Unknown” is his most romantic track, though, this being Finucane, it’s not apparent if the object of affection is aware. He has moved on with this release and it would be nice to think he will gain deservedly wider recognition from it.
Release: 13th August 2012, self-release