The seeds of the imminent, self-titled debut album from Ingredient were planted in a moment of sheer desperation. One half of the Torontonian pair, Ian Daniel Kehoe, was overwhelmed by stress, which mutated into psychosomatic symptoms that left him in debilitating pain. So, in an effort to refocus himself, he reached out to Luka Kuplowsky for some direction, which eventually became this project and the aforementioned debut LP. They've got one last single from the record, officially out this Friday, with the opener “Wolf” arriving today.
The duo—also established solo artists in their own right—are characteristically enigmatic about their new single, saying: “Dreams blossom into light; joyous devils encircle. Opening our record, ‘Wolf’ invites the listener into a world of opaqueness and openness. An animal seance occurs. There is dancing. Meaning as the terrible obstacle to understanding.”
Showcasing melodic prowess typical of the sound the pair have established, the exquisitely detailed production is the cherry on top. Exploring Kehoe’s reckoning with a period of intense stress, anxiety, and depression, Ingredient is an ideal headphones listen, a dense record that dabbles in electronica, R&B, and ambient pop.
The LP lands Friday through Telephone Explosion Records. Hit their Bandcamp for more info and to hear previous singles “Variation” and “Photo.”