Cover art by Cameron Spratley.
davey is the solo project of Vallis Alps’ David Ansari. The LA-based artist has just released his new solo original single, titled “N.I.4.N.I.” The title may seem as strange as his name is ordinary, but it’s what lays under the hood that counts. A sort of play on an acronym, the title in pronounced “An Eye For An Eye” and its the second track to be lifted from his forthcoming debut self-titled EP, which is slated for wide release later this year. The track follows the release of davey’s debut single, “Not Me,” featuring Sol, which garnered praise from Billboard, NME, American Songwriter, and more.
“N.I.4.N.I.” is another display of bare-bones musical potency from the producer, who this time turns his attention towards metastasized, blown-out, big room electronic music. Opening with huge buzzsaw bass, clanging percussion, and blaring, siren-like synths before shattering into a rapid-fire drop, “N.I.4.N.I.” is two minutes of sheer, gnarled intensity.
I’ve always thought of N.I.4.N.I. as a modern interpretation of an early 2000’s euro festival track. I knew early on that I wanted a hardstyle bridge that was bookended by big, halftime drops, but what tied it together was this weird sample I found of someone breathing so hard that it’s almost theatrical; it just gave the song this unsettling, ‘beginning of the Thriller video’ type energy. I also wanted a grainy, Limewire-era-mp3 feel to N.I.4.N.I., so there’s distortion everywhere – I tend to obsess over the minutiae of sound quality, but sometimes it’s more fun to make a song with no sound quality at all.”davey
With each release, davey continues to give shape to the perspective that lives within his music. Abandoning rigid rules of pop songwriting and the pursuit of beauty-centric art, davey’s music attempts to make sense of – and reflect back – the all-consuming stresses of American life, holding a mirror up to the absurdity that surrounds us.