Toronto’s INNR CIRCLE delivers a rewarding new wave dream pop encounter with invigorating 808 rumbles and driving punches in his newest single, “Uncut Gems” — available now.
Featured on the 2022 five-track EP, HAZED + AMUSED, INNR CIRCLE traverses a sea of emotion across “Uncut Gems”, exploring romantic desolation and loneliness — packaged into a sultry yet commanding vocal performance.
Influenced by the open-ended freedom that the B-Side of a record offers to musicians, the song is a collision of genre-bending dream pop with elements of neo-soul infused throughout — giving the whole production an otherworldly, ethereal soundscape. So expansive, in fact, is the production, that the Toronto-based artist gives audiences plenty of room to come to their own reflections, all while experiencing INNR CIRCLE’s own inner dialogues.
It’s all par for the course for the breakthrough alternative-pop and R&B solo artist with a profound passion for music production, composition, and exploring vulnerable and illuminating concepts in his catalog. Drawing inspiration through life experiences and his own self-reflections, INNR CIRCLE uses music as a catalyst for both self-healing and communicating with his listeners.
“A lot of my music is inspired by what has occurred in my life — from relationships, trials, and tribulations with my introspection about who I think I am and past events that have either affected me positively or negatively.
“My ideas behind my music vary from depressing things to things that make me elated to meditate over. I try my best to be as honest and real as possible. I find being open with my words helps me connect with more people and shows that I’m just as human as they are.”
The emotional journey INNR CIRCLE has been through is a metamorphosis that many people can relate to. Often productions like “Uncut Gems” are beneficial to those looking to overcome their inner struggles and get over a burdensome hump in their lives. The vulnerability put forth throughout the entirety of “Uncut Gems” and HAZED + AMUSED is commendable.
Not to mention, the song is an absolute stomper.
A boundary-pushing dream-pop composer with a knack for sultry storytelling, INNR CIRCLE has garnered a solid international following debuting his music on Valentine’s Day in 2020. Since then, he has been committed to composing hard-hitting productions that resonate within his growing fan base while creating a personal outlet for himself.
INNR CIRCLE’s newest project, HAZED + AMUSED, is a five-song collection exploring his take of contact highs people experience when meeting new people and falling in love.
“This EP was inspired by a few things. My veneration for marijuana, falling in and out of love, and the concepts and or ideology of love. What it feels like, how it can hurt, how it can heal, how it can last, and how it can all end as fast as it started.
“Music is a cathartic experience for me — like therapy. I’m not a very social individual, so getting my thoughts on paper helps me see more of who I am and who I can become.
“Pain can either drown you in sorrow or give you some of the best art you will ever create; fortunately for me, I didn’t drown. Anything you want in life can be achieved if you work hard enough on it.”
“Uncut Gems” and HAZED + AMUSED are available now.