Orenda Fink – “Ace of Cups”
Which is why I am so exuberantly excited about her forthcoming third solo LP, Blue Dream. Inspired by the death of her beloved dog, the album is said to tackle themes of spirituality and mortality. First single “Ace of Cups,” while a bit cryptic, definitely gets the ball rolling. A steady beat, throbbing keyboards, and close harmonies are all over this thing, while Fink sings sad truths about mourning such as “Hope is a bitter hand at the bottom of the ocean / And salvation is like speaking to a wall.” The song coalesces into a nice lurch, including a surprise electric guitar near the end. This may not utilize her considerable chops as well as some of her other tunes, but it certainly has me eager to hear more.
Blue Dream is out August 19, via Saddle Creek.
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