Photo Credit: Raymond Flotat
Boxed In will release sophomore album Melt on September 23, 2016.
Not even a year after releasing their highly-acclaimed self-titled freshman album, the band is returning with their new album Melt. Last year, Boxed In’s album gained a vast amount of support from BBC radio 1, Spotify, and KCRW, which led the band to their impressive live debut at SXSW.
Boxed In’s first single “Jist” that premiered via Stereogum, is out in the UK today and will be available in the U.S. on June 24th, or listen to it below.
The frontman for Boxed In, Oli Bayston remains with one foot firmly in his background with “Jist”. The single is a piece of electro-pop with complex piano lines and taut rhythms, but also digs deeper into the dance music influences within Boxed In. The track was produced by Bayston and Dan Carey, and Bayston describes the meaning behind the song as, “Getting lost in repetitive thought patterns & the form of the music which emulates that mindset. It’s perversely enjoyable to work yourself in to a cyclical mantra from which there’s no escape”.
Bayston hasn’t let the band take up all of his producing attention. Bayston has continued to expand his reputation as being one of the country’s most demanded producers. Bayston is currently recording the debut album from Nimmo, and is also working with Zola Blood amongst others. Bayston addresses balancing the busy schedule between the two roles, “It’s all about balancing the two roles”, “I’m fortunate to be in a position where I can be producer and singer. The two inform each other – I get to see from both sides of the lens”.
“Warmly inviting yet coolly controlled, the 11 songs across Boxed In’s second album Melt are experimental, infectious, yet richly detailed (with the accent on midtempo art ache)”. “Beneath the pristine surfaces lie passionate examinations of choice and change, while a pulsating sense of positivity runs throughout; capturing a young man at a transitional stage, preparing to enter the next, more mature phase of his life”.
03. Shadow Boxing
05. London Lights
07. Black Prism
09. Up to You / Down To Me