Inner Crosstalk see’s Heartless finding inspiration in his own anxieties and fears. Heartless manages to mature his already distinctive sound through experimentations in unconventional tunings and microtonality, creating something truly original and otherworldly. Conceived in the isolation of the Welsh countryside, Inner Crosstalk doesn’t find influence in anything other than the battle between Heartless’ positive and negative meditations of the human form.
The EP beings with ruminations of existentialism in ‘Who We Are What We Are’. Mutated tribal bassline and short bursts of tense percussive clatterings live throughout the track in what Heartless calls “a classic crescendo piece”. A true understanding of pace remains a focal skill for Heartless, building dizzying synths with just the right amount dynamic shifts producing a perfect balance of anxiety and relief.
‘Into the Shadows’ is Heartless at his darkest and most experimental. Overdriven rave chords squirm around a kick pattern that remains the same over the course of the track. Heartless presents a truly cinematic depiction of isolation through intensely thought over sound design.
‘Internal Voice’ is inspired by Heartless’ “doubts regarding production choices” . It focuses on the internal voices that question your decision making during creative processes. Heartless uses feedback chains and filters to mimic the tiring relentlessness of self-doubt, the questions and never-ending tweaks that come with production of art. The song effortlessly strips away all the intensity built up throughout the track during the last minute, it simulates the hope that is gained through smatterings of self-confidence.
‘Urgency of Self’ is the breakdown of the battle between the meditations of positive and negative thought explored through the EP. A reflection of the fear of change, ‘Urgency of Self’ is static in its structure and unlike its predecessors, stays the same, almost succumbing to its own negative thought. Taken as whole, Internal Crosstalk ultimately finds triumph in its ability to overcome the anxieties that influenced it. Claustrophobic, sinister and hauntingly introspective, Heartless has produced an EP for anyone who has ever found doubt in their own abilities whilst pushing the boundaries set in his previous release Impulse Model.