Introverted Dancefloor – Introverted Dancefloor

Album Review by Katie Hawthorne | 04 Sep 2015
Album title: Introverted Dancefloor
Artist: Introverted Dancefloor
Label: Carpark
Release date: 25 Sep

Not nearly as introspective as the eponymous album title would have you believe, Bevan Smith’s latest project as Introverted Dancefloor is restrained, yes, but far from bashful. The experimental New Zealander’s dipped in and out of multiple genres during his label-spanning career thus far, but his interest in thoughtful, deft use of synthesizer is showcased here with steely-eyed precision.

Introverted Dancefloor is built on 14 fragmented tracks; some are fleeting, picking apart ideas elaborated upon elsewhere on the record, and others, like the fidgeting Dark Cloud Scene, take just as long as they need to properly, luxuriously unfurl. Feeling Unsound is seven minutes of shape-shifting, with a focussed, fluid narrative that’s not a million miles from Alice Glass-era Crystal Castles. Smith’s understated approach is not to be confused with a lack of confidence; Introverted Dancefloor is constructed with subtlety, but unlike closer Shy Away might suggest, the record doesn't hold back from a well-timed, extroverted climax.