Toronto’s INNR CIRCLE sets the mood with ease as the organic and exotic guitar picking of Waves pours seductively into the room. Soon enough though, things change direction entirely.
The beat kicks in, a fuzz-soaked and retro-pop soundscape takes over, rhythm grabs you by the hand and the artist’s own vocal falls in line with a notably on-pace delivery; which is as high energy and lyrically dense as a contemporary hip hop or RnB track. And even with all of these varying qualities, most of which occur in just the first third of the song, things continue to venture off down unexpectedly creative pathways.
That leading voice in particular evolves into immensely passionate roars at one point, which briefly indicate a sudden surge in emotion and an uncontrollable swerve away from the pristine rhythm and pace of elsewhere.
There’s ultimately something of an alternative, Dominic Fike-style freedom and individuality to the performance, and by the end the whole thing seems to have stormed past and left the room all too quickly.
On returning, Waves reveals itself to be an addictive ode to love and intimacy, utilising rhythm and colour to engage and create a sense of movement and unity. And alongside this, INNR CIRCLE is showcased as a respectably artistic, interesting performer. Hopefully there’s plenty more music to come.