inc no world amanda vincelli wild music


Alone Together

There are no smoke machines, but a certain fog of energy washes over the room. In center of the floor—what might otherwise be called a mosh pit if the languid beats per minute allowed for such a thing—a slow grind takes hold the body of the collective audience; one wonders if everybody is about to lose their shirts. Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver already found himself half naked during his opening DJ set, a frenzied prelude to the brothers Aged, who now hold the stage as the electronica duo inc_no_world (formerly known as inc.). Andrew Aged plays a plugged-in six-string and sings, a melodic sigh, as Daniel anchors the platform on bass guitar and synth pad. They summon the crowd with a quietude fit to conjure the wicked. It’s approaching midnight and Easter Sunday will have finally passed. Heavy chain links roll over Shayne Oliver’s chest as he moves against the locked grip of his dance partner. There couldn’t be more than a hundred people on the floor, but it feels like a sea.

The performance comes full circle as guest singers Kelela and Ian Isiah are called to the stage for an exercise in improvisation. As inc_no_world hover upon a spot somewhere between downtempo hip hop and modal jazz, their company find words where there are none. Andrew described the experience as a conversation. The brothers communicate fluently, and in spite of foreign dialects, Kelela and Isiah are a perfect fit. “There’s a language that we all speak. It’s universal,” Andrew says.

inc no world amanda vincelli wild music

For Andrew and his younger brother, sonic winding began not with intention but as an outlet, an escape from the real and perceived. Andrew had an innate draw to sound. Music, he says, “felt like my place.” He doesn’t consider himself a particularly instinctual person, but at last something came naturally. His first guitar in hand, he tried to get a sense of the thing. “I brought it home and remember banging on it. I was hearing things, just trying to make them come out.” Daniel, meanwhile, was shown to the piano, but his fingers wouldn’t find the keys. Things didn’t click until his hands gripped the neck of an electric bass. He still remembers, “Music. That’s when I understood it.”

It began with a guitar and a bass. The augmentation of electronic beats, now signature to inc_no_world’s particular variant of neo R&B, were years away. “We always had a similar energy. We’ve evolved in our music now,” Andrew, the more loquacious of the pair, describes. “[Daniel’s] been the foundation; I’m the decoration, the elaboration. He’s the support system; I’m the antagonist.”

Though they always played with one another, it was important for them to get lost in their own worlds. “Alone together,” Daniel confides. It was a pursuit rooted in extemporization. It’s how they became close to music.

Andrew relives the moment when he discovered the very concept of improvisation. “These older blues guys from Detroit were in town, staying at our house,” he recalls. He took a trip to their practice space. One of them put their hands over his and said, “Just move this one note. Bend this one note.” He listened. He mimicked. He felt it. The bluesman saluted, “Yeah that’s it. You got this.” The vibration, Andrew remembers. He still thinks about it: “Just one note is all it took.”

On stage tonight, the ad-lib traditions of blues music continue as inc_no_world navigate and expand upon their original recordings: “We leave them open,” Andrew explains, “It’s a natural way to make music.” Their exchanges are living and breathing. And in music as in life, “It takes time and patience,” Daniel tells.

“It’s one of those things you do because it’s not necessarily comfortable, but you have to do it,” Andrew says. “I love to sing, but I also do it because I’m pushing myself into some realms that are uncomfortable—to find out what this thing is all about, what I am all about. It’s a test. For us, it’s about embracing sound and getting lost.”

Between the lines of inc_no_world’s sound lies another plane for those who can find it. A negative space, one of shadows, where a pulse can hide but for a moment. There’s an intimacy in this unknown. Like moving through water in the dark.

What is your WILD Wish?

After a minute in quiet reflection, Andrew replies, “To remain in love.” Daniel is more modest: “I’d like to move to Texas.” As it turns out, he’s a fan of country music. “They tell good stories. Endless, but so simple.”

inc no world amanda vincelli wild music

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text by: Blaine Skrainka

photography by: Amanda Vincelli










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