There’s a sense of mystery surrounding Five Fingertips, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist based in the longtime musical hotbed of Athens, Ga. He declines to reveal his name in the credits (or any press material) for his self-titled debut album, though his photograph is readily available. Focusing instead on the music — enjoyable 1990s-era indie pop/rock — Fiver Fingertips has crafted a solid 12-track, 47-minute release.
Enlisting help from John Keane and up-and-coming singer/songwriter Thayer Sarrano, Five Fingertips — whoever he is — has surrounded himself with some first-rate supporting talent. Their contributions to the record add a level of enjoyment to the proceedings.
Among the highlights here are the opening tandem of “The Lines” and “Time Is Tasteless,” as well as “The Blue Cliff Record,” “The Poster Children,” “Holiday” and “The Swerve (I Want to Hold Your Phone).” While falling just short of essential, this album has plenty going for it — enough to have me eager to hear what Five Fingertips manage come up with next. (Jeffrey Sisk)