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.