TUNE Inky Nite - Bad Machines
Inky Nite's debut single 'Bad Machines' channels the neon-lit 80s with dystopian synths and lockdown-inspired lyrics.
While the vocal interplay between the Brighton alt-pop duo seeks to echo the likes of Angus & Julia Stone, The xx and Oh Wonder, the sonic backdrop is a cool cocktail shaker of other influences, mixing a measure of Metronomy and a splash of Santigold with a twist of Twin Shadow and a dash of the Drive soundtrack, before topping up with Blood Orange.
Juxtaposing deep, dark and dreamy lyrics with effervescent New Wave-inspired hooks, 'Bad Machines' combines the evocative mystery of Roland Juno synths, Mellotron choirs and ethereal Omnichord with angular 12-string guitar, shimmering bass and vintage drum samples.
In their own words: “This was the very first thing we recorded as Inky Nite and it played on loop in our flat throughout peak COVID-19 captivity. The song was inspired by tech-noir films and telly (from
movies like Looper and Upgrade to the ‘San Junipero’ episode of Black Mirror), as well as loads of other post-apocalyptic fiction and everything that was happening around us at that time. Lyrically, we took cues from ‘Ghost Town’ by The Specials and the title is an adapted quote from the 1978 film Midnight Express (“The bad machine doesn't know that he's a bad machine”), which we tweaked to fit the song’s theme. Essentially, it’s a snapshot of what we saw, read and felt as the virus struck.”