Inwards Release New Single “Dart”
“Dart” is the new single from Inwards, previewing a mind-expanding cut from his upcoming “Feelings of Unreality EP” (which follows in March).
This new material builds on an exciting past year for the producer, who released his debut album, ‘Diesel’, in April 2018 to high praise fromElectronic Sound magazine, The 405, TRAX mag and more. The record also hit big at radio with a BBC 6 Music Recommends Track of the Week, heavy support from Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), a BBC Introducing live session, a guest mix for Tom Ravenscroft, and further widespread airplay across the BBC and beyond. Rounding things off in style, two tracks were highlighted in Steve Lamacq’s Best of 2018 selection.
An experimental music programmer and multi-instrumentalist from Worcestershire, Inwards – AKA Kristian Shelley – draws influence from the far reaches of dance music. The peaceful rural environment of his log cabin home/studio plays host to a hive of musical activity, where electronic and acoustic instruments come together in a prolific stream of playful yet emotionally potent instrumental songs. For Shelley, music has always fulfilled an urgent need to communicate where words fall short, and his instinctively composed tracks capture swift, potent snapshots of an inner world.
“Dart” epitomises Inwards’ gloriously cracked, psychedelic energy, and is possibly the only track you’ll hear this year about an elephant who gets hit with a dart whilst on the run. “The song is like fighting an unpleasant experience. Like the elephant is trying to run away but it can feel the dart kicking in”, Shelley elaborates. “It gives me that solid melancholic rave feeling that I love. My friend Sam Organ described it as‘Sad Rave’, which I thought was spot-on!” He made the track while experimenting with a new live set, lending it a shifty and spontaneous structure. Warped bass, drum breaks and dark synths meet staccato-chopped vocal samples (featuring the warm, ethereal voice of Rose Dutton from the band Rokorokubi), while broken music-box melodies dash in and out of earshot.
Shelley became hooked on the cathartic power of making music while channelling his difficult teen years into several bands, and the compulsion has only strengthened since. On discovering electronic music he started voraciously listening to Aphex Twin, Luke Vibert and other luminaries, making for an interesting mix of influences alongside his previous obsessions with psychedelia, metal and funk.
Crackling with the spontaneity of his records, Inwards’ absorbing, organic live shows have also seen him gaining a reputation, playing alongside Forest Swords, Lapalux, Adam Betts (Three Trapped Tigers) and Tyondai Braxton (Battles) to add to headline dates and festivals including The Great Escape and Brighton Digital Festival.
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