Employing everything from hazy acoustic guitar interspersed with ambient sounds to delicate piano melodies punctuated with insistent percussion and echoing arpeggios, Instupendo’s spare, soulful electronic instrumentals hit listeners "right in the feels". Crowned “the prince of smooth” by Stoney Roads, extolled by Nest HQ for "crafting a sound uniquely his own", and compared to "Tycho, incepted into a dreamscape and slowed way down" by Dancing Astronaut, the Philadelphia artist-producer's been making waves of late:
- Pigeons & Planes highlighted him as 1 of 10 essential rising artists to watch on SoundCloud in 2017
- His last 9 singles debuted in the top 3 on SoundCloud's New & Hot Indie chart
- Beauty Unit charted on Billboard's Spotify Viral 50
- He's a regular on Spotify playlists, including Dreamy Vibes, Lush Vibes, Silk Sheets, and Chill Tracks
- Light Lock charted on Hype Machine and topped Apple Music's Today's Chill playlist
- His Long.Live.A$AP remix was hailed by A$AP Rocky himself as "Too cray"
Instupendo began experimenting with electronic music at age 13 and it wasn't long before he began spending every free moment composing. He counts Tom Misch, Tennyson, Mr. Carmack, and Studio Ghibli soundtracks as inspirations, and says, “Making music is this amazing means of expression that's connected me with creators and listeners from around the world... some of who've become the best friends I've known. The most gratifying thing for me is when a track I've written resonates emotionally with someone else.”
2017 has seen Instupendo performing on the east coast and at SXSW, as well as releasing his warmly received debut EP, 'Friend of a Friend'. Out on streaming services and cassette, the 4-track EP features his typical beautiful, melancholy vibe, but finds Instupendo going to new places, adding texture and depth to his distinctive instrumentals through vocal features by Lontalius and Benny Sings.
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To say Instupendo burst onto the scene would be incongruous with his sound. Nothing about his style — as singular as it was when his first releases gained traction on Soundcloud as it is now — seems to “burst.” Instead, it flows pleasantly, incessantly outward, collecting fans in its wake. That idiosyncratic sound — a paradox: hazy without a single defined edge, yet possessing a subdued, bright shimmer; melancholic, yet at the same time relaxing and hopeful — is in full form on the EP.
The latest single from Cosmo’s Midnight became an instant hit for its funky, catchy elements. But the duo enlisted Instupendo for a slowed-down, minimal remix of “History” and it’s damn good. Instupendo adds a personal flair by incorporating a lullaby-like melody and a haunting effect created with the track’s original vocals. It’s almost as if it’s not simply a remix, [but] a new interpretation.
Instupendo’s “Save” is more of the dreamy ambience that we’ve come to love from the talented young producer. There’s a certain calmness and flood of introspection that envelops one when listening to Instupendo’s work – it’s an almost trance-like feeling that is rooted in beauty, profundity.
Pigeons & Planes
10 Artists Winning on SoundCloud in 2017
Instupendo is somewhat of an anomaly in the SoundCloud community... [having] garnered over half a million listens on tracks that are essentially ambient. Focusing on melodies and a gentle ambience, Instupendo provides a really nice change of pace from the rest of the artists with big numbers on SoundCloud, and tracks like “Six Forty Seven” and “Long Live” have become part of the regular rotation.
The Deli - Philadelphia
New Track: Comfort Chain - Instupendo (+ Kung Fu Necktie Show)
Instupendo carries a tune that feels well-handled but open at the seams, displaying a fine attention to detail that produces a roving vignette over a shifting sonic landscape. "Comfort Chain" offers a moment to pause and reflect that feels soothing yet not drowsy.
Instupendo - Light Lock
Downtempo ambient music isn't always the easiest to win an audience over with, but I reckon Instupendo's "Light Lock" will set the right tempo for quite a few of you. If you like what you hear, there's plenty more to find here. [Sounds like: Boards of Canada, FKJ, Fhin]
Enter a Dreamlike State...
Instupendo's latest release 'Beauty Unit' is a delicately crafted piece of music with a smooth bass line throughout and subtle keys. It might be the perfect comedown after a stressful day, it might be the perfect summer playlist addition, whatever, make sure you listen.
Instupendo - Six Forty Seven
Instupendo has just hit us with another tune to love, and to love to. Introducing the composition with only a single percussive hit and an ethereal piano melody, the prince of smooth layers reverb-heavy phrases with lo-fi snares to create a moody yet angelic drawl.
Passion of the Weiss
I Guess I Want to Do it All, But More and Better: an Interview with Instupendo
A Talk with Teenage Prodigy Instupendo
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Snack Time Presents: Instupendo