Genre/Influences: Dark-techno, IDM.
Format: Digital, Vinyl.
Background/Info: Cark Finlow has released an impressive number of records during the past twenty years. “Obscura” is his first experience with the Spanish label Fanzine Records and got released at the end of 2019.
Content: “Obscura” features 4 cuts, which are leading the listener into a dark-technoid universe. But the tracks aren’t just simply techno, Carl Finlow always likes to experiment with other influences. From pure dark-techno passages to more sophisticated IDM exposure, all tracks are going over 6 minutes. There’s a slow progression in the structure, revealing incoming effects and mysterious atmospheres.
+ + + : Being fond of bass lines, “Obscura” for sure has a lot to offer. But I also like the way the tracks have been elaborated and slowly evolving featuring extra effects and electronic manipulations. Therefore I especially like the cuts “Black Ice” and “Exposé.
– – – : Even if I have two favorite cuts, there’s not that much difference between the songs. The original magic of this artist is also a bit gone.
Conclusion: “Obscura” is an interesting release for all of those who like this artist, but it also is an opportunity to discover the less known Fanzine Records.
Best songs: “Black Ice”, “Exposé”.