Bright city lights and cold country nights by the fire.
Peace. Noise. Black skies and starry voids.
Music that captures a snapshot of inner worlds colliding – two disparate parts that create the whole.
The push and pull of adventure. Longing for your own bed, but perfectly comfortable drifting on mattresses for a bit.
“The song really sums up a specific time where I felt ultimate freedom – but it’s more in retrospect, looking back on it from a time when I felt more focused and determined and had more direction. It’s two quite interesting feelings mixed into one, for me”, Inwards elaborates.
The duality in music is no stranger to the dichotomy of emotion.
Stream “Amsterdam” below:
Welcome to The Daily Swim, a running series on The Sights and Sounds. As a lifelong swimmer, water has always served as a dichotomy to my psyche – wholly and unswervingly calming in it’s vast simplicity yet at the same time able to harness and create massive amounts of energy. Which is exactly the type of music The Daily Swim will feature – no fuss posts with tracks from great artists that serve as both calming and energizing to get you through the deep end of your day.
Inwards is the alias of Kristian Shelley, a multi-instrumentalist and music programmer from Worcestershire.
Shelley finds external inspiration in the peaceful rural surroundings of his current home/studio – a log cabin, in a nature reserve on land farmed by previous generations of his family, which he built on returning to his roots after a spell living in Brighton. These two contrasting environments, and stages in his life, provide the backdrop for the music on his album.
Purchase Inwards – “Amsterdam” via your favorite platform here.