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New Music: Inch-Time

Siobhanne Beattie


Leaving the horizontal chill out of Adelaide, Australia behind for the hustle and bustle of London Town, Inch-Time, aka Stefan Panczak, found more than a space in the market.

In moving to London, Inch Time has found a new niche-market to perfectly house his unique blend of electronica with dashes of folk, jazz, and rock. Inch-Time’s music has a sort of ambient, chillwave feel to it, and is not unlike the work of hot alternative acts such as Caribou and Mount Kimbie. Panczak has also drawn inspiration from the more general concept of Japanese art, particularly the artists, Hiroshige, and Hokusai. Unsurprisingly, a key influence on his work is Brian Eno.

Recording began for Panczak in 2003, and he released a handful of EPs before launching his debut album Any Colour You Like in 2005. That debut LP demonstrated perfectly his signature melancholy mesh of a variety of contrasting genres. His follow-up album, As the Moon Draws Water, was released in 2006, followed later by third LP, The Floating World, which was released last month, and was Inch-Time’s first release from his self-run label Mystery Plays Records. With a new Inch-Time on the cusp of a new stage of his work, with a new audience in London, this could be the start of a fresh new audience for him in the UK.