Fingalick EGO EP: a sonic manifestation of the artistic and personal growth

Fall is a time for harvest, and music is no exception. 2017 has been a good year for local musicians, and it also applies to one of the most important releases this year. On November 30, Tomas Narkevičius a.k.a. Fingalick performed his brand new material live at the event dedicated to his latest EP EGO at Vilnius’ Kablys club.

Accompanied by his usual pals Vaiper, DJ JM, Dodomundo and Aistė Regina, Fingalick threw a refreshing get-together for his admirers and all those yearning for the finest bass vibes. It was in no way an ordinary party, and so is Fingalick’s recent release.

Fingalick at 'Kablys'.

Fingalick. Foto by Šarūnas Jaskutėlis

EGO is a 6-track EP that came out this November on Hyperboloid records. Just like the title suggests, it is a personal and conceptual release – a reflection of the self, both as an artist and as an individual. Fingalick supports the conceptual core of the EP with a bunch of different cultural references, including Louis XV, Wamdue Project in parallels with Freud’s theory of personality, and so forth.

No need to get all serious, though. The record is as profound as entertaining at the same time. It’s easy to find oneself savouring the slick production and enjoying the fresh approach to modern R&B music. This duality is what makes EGO a solid piece of work that deserves recognition.

Needless to say, EGO is a result of a long-lasting pursuit of authentic sound, and it’s obvious if you compare it with Fingalick’s earlier work. As he heads in a different musical direction, it’s exciting to hear the whole new sound structures unravel over the length of the record.

The tracks are filled with melancholic ambiance vaporing through cold, industrial clangs, and fierce basslines, binding the shattered pieces of EGO (pun intended). The soft flow of Fingalick’s voice occasionally surges into powerful verses interlaced with crisp trap beats.

With each venture into new territories some artists tend to lose themselves a bit. EGO, however, is not the case as Fingalick’s artistry and vocals remains the same. You can take Fingalick out of soul music but you can‘t take the soul out of him – it doesn‘t matter whether you‘re listening to his early footwork-based material or hip-hop/R&B pieces or his most recent opus. It’s as if he owns any genre he steps in.

What are your thoughts on the ‘EGO’ EP?