ION’s ‘iamvessel’: A serene escape into ethereal soundscapes

"Using ambient synthesis combined with lullabying delivery to build this whimsical depiction of the dreamlike state that offers us escape from the real world”
31 May 2024
Photo by Akeel Karim

London-based alternative-indie artist ION returns with his latest single, iamvessel, the second installment from his highly-anticipated forthcoming EP, delving into themes of insanity and spiritual preservation.

Inspired by Mary O’Hara, iamvessel offers a serene escape with its ethereal soundscapes and calming vocals, showcasing ION’s ability to express abstract visions through music. Operating under the moniker ION, the artist continues to carve out a niche for himself with his genre-bending creativity and high production value.

ION explains, “My intention with ‘iamvessel’ was to encapsulate the intoxicating feeling of escapism, portraying the experience of running away to ‘our own little sanctuary’ as a means of coping with the circumstances of the world that we find ourselves in. My interpretation of this concept paints a picture of hypnotic reality created by the figment of our imagination. Using ambient synthesis combined with lullabying delivery to build this whimsical depiction of the dreamlike state that offers us escape from the real world.”

Photo by Akeel Karim

The music video accompanying the single offers a visually striking dive into the concept of escapism and its influence on spiritual wellness. Taking cues from beloved 1990s video games such as The Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time, the video provides an abstract lens through which to explore the impact of economic structures on society.

ION’s childhood in the Kosovan highlands has deeply influenced his artistic vision, with the unspoiled landscapes serving as a constant wellspring of inspiration. His profound connection to nature not only informs his music but also reflects in his way of life.

Influential musicians like Mary O’Hara and Homeshake continue to inspire ION’s creative journey, as he solidifies his position as a rising talent in the music realm.

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