Leeds based singer / songwriter Imi has released her brand new EP, consisting of three intense and retrocentic tracks that perfectly encapsulate the lush and gloriously produced future-pop she masterfully intertwines with dark atmospherics.
Imi creates a dream-like world utilizing the best of synth-wave soundscapes with a twist of modern performance art and an astoundingly powerful vocal.
Opener ‘The Fence’ recalls ‘Travelogue’ era Human League or Kraftwerk with the ethereal voice of Kate Bush while ‘I Feel Alright’ ventures further deeper into the foreboding. The unforgettable ‘Margins’ puts Imi centre stage with a backing of driving drum machines, delicate keys and a pulsating rhythm.
“Lines was inspired by Jim Jarmusch’s film ‘Paterson’” Imi tells us, “which observes the structured monotony of life, and how we squeeze joy from our passions at every liberating opportunity.
The film offers a charmingly modest perception of this, but at the time it provoked some deepening frustrations at the limited prospects for myself and so many creatives.
‘Margins’ explores the peak of these frustrations, offering a mocking account of my past constraints, but over time my thoughts on this have evolved. While my ambition for change hasn’t faltered, my perspective has matured in a way that is more accepting and is able to find happiness in the everyday.
This is celebrated in ‘I Feel Alright’ which was a real breakthrough for me personally.
‘The Fence’ is the mediating balance between these two sides, and is essentially the decision you make to take control of your life and start taking responsibility for your own misfortunes or happiness.”
After self-releasing her debut single ‘Born For What?’ in December 2017, Imi made her first live appearance on BBC Music Introducing and received support from Steve Lamacq’s show on BBC Radio 6 Music.
2018 saw her support the likes of Let’s Eat Grandma and Ghostpoet and perform her first festival slot at Tramlines in Sheﬃeld.