Watch List: Fall Into The Irresistible Orbit Of IMUR's Future Soul
Photo courtesy of Kyle James-Patrick Photography
Inherent in the designation 'future soul' is the notion of an unburdening of preconceptions; for those willing to embrace the sensibility, it frees the creative urges to explore the unlimited artistic latitudes and longitudes that exist beyond the horizon of the musical mind's eye. East Vancouver duo IMUR - Jenny Lea (vocals/keys) and Mikey J Blige (live production/electric guitar) - have not only embraced the notion, they have run with it to the point that in an instant the listener will be irresistibly drawn into the orbit of their creative star.
Drawing on electronic, hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul and progressive pop influences to build soundscapes that engage and enchant with intricately purposeful construction and a wondrously hypnotic aural magnetism, Blige provides the evocative sonic templates through which Lea threads the complementary emotional hues of her nonchalantly smoky, sultry vocal. Encompassing everything from bumpy percussion, glitchy shimmers and ruminative guitar licks through to lush key splashes, skittering high hats and wobbly synth flourishes, IMUR's signature sound is as eclectically fascinating as it is hauntingly resonant.
Effortlessly harnessing the emotive interplay between instrumentation and vocals, the duo display an intuitive understanding of how tone and texture can evince a myriad of thoughts and feelings: from the desolate heartbreak, emotionally bruising self-recrimination and regretfully reflective melancholy of last year's debut 'Slow Dive' EP, through to the warmer, nod-your-head-grooves of more recent releases, as IMUR Blige and Lea prove with their genre-defying creativity that their vision for the 'future' is one that is here to stay.