Field Report: Inner Varnika Decompression
The Inner Varnika Decompression party came in the wake of another widely successful edition of the Victorian festival pencilled into the history books. Its concept is a simple one, eternally embedded in the fabric of dance music in Midland’s timeless vocal sample of Gladys Knight & the Pips’ ‘Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)’ in Final Credits. A chance not only for punters and performers alike to wrestle with the closing of Inner Varnika and their Australian tours respectively, but also for those whose experience of the festival came second hand from the eager mouths of those who were fortunate enough to have attended or Mixcloud recordings to get a slice of the action right from the horses mouth.
Dresvn have a fascinating musical sensibility. An elaborate, intricately organised mess of synths and dance music tech worked into long, undulant techno compositions. In a club setting there’s always a difficult situation with music which leans towards the ambient method, rarely will you find a complete audience willing to indulge an ambient performance and factions often form. Those of instant and delayed gratification. At the ‘Gaso’ it definitely felt like one of these situations and there was a fractured crowd, some who loved it and some who became bored.
Finn Johannsen was given the task of closing Inner Varnika and now, in decompressing he found similar success. The 4 closing hours Johannsen delivered at IV earned him a good crowd of fans down under. A figure who seemingly has a finger in every pie of the music industry. Selector, writer, record store employee and label manager, his unfathomable wealth of musical knowledge was evident at each selection. His set was immensely enjoyable. Johannsen I can confidently say gave my one of my favourite dance floor moments in dropping Suntrust’s ‘How Insensitive’. The slow, dawdling keys on the track were surprising and remarkably affecting, it was one of many occasions where he effortlessly shifted the mood seamlessly. Endowing the honour of closing the 2018 edition of IV was well founded after playing what felt like a good baker's dozen of tear-jerking closers the decompression was complete.
Enjoy Finn Johannsen's full closing set from Inner Varnika 2018: