Formatted as a two-act play, The Cup & The Lip follows its elusive protagonist through a series of small-scale dramas. Our hero rides a ten-speed through damp city streets and bonds with a bust of Elvis, catapults a car skyward and sets fire to a past life. In the final scenes, this underdog adventurer lies face-up on the table, chest cracked open to bare a cold paper heart.
Finn’s songs have been described as “three minute movies that you don’t want to miss”; no surprise given her background as a feature film set designer and graphic novelist (Baz Luhrmann’s, Romeo and Juliet and Can of Worms, Fantagraphics Books). While her cinematic style may land her, partly, in the Americana camp, her richly embroidered tunes and fresh production also resonate with twenty-somethings who crave smart, insightful lyrics.
The evocative vignettes on The Cup & The Lip were drawn from a deep well of personal experience. She has channeled everything from recent shock (losing her home in an unlikely car accident) to deep-set scars (growing up adopted in a closed adoption system) into songs that sit right in the hollow of your collarbone. Produced by Tucker Finn and Jason LaPrade, the songs boast a spare atmospheric backdrop that draws you right into the middle of the slip. When combined with Tucker’s lyrical skill, the result is a haltingly powerful and intimate record.