Edinburgh-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Cyrano has shared the third piece from his upcoming EP Consolations. Titled “Afterburns”, the new single comes in two forms: Extroverted and Introverted, and selected listeners can decide on which to enjoy through a short personality test.
Stepping into the psychology of his new single, the writing process for “Afterburns” began as a kind of therapy following a break-up, and quickly became an outlet to share the words that were not said at the time.
“To me, the Afterburns of a relationship is when the coals are on the fire, and you’re wondering whether to give it another stoke for a flame. If you spend too much time thinking, it’ll just fade away” shares Cyrano. “I wanted Afterburns to personify my feelings, from the lyrics and melodies to its length and flow. The whole track is one big thought, and the most idiosyncratic song of my music for the late night overthinkers.”
Wanting to give “Afterburns” a deeper meaning and a multi-dimensional aspect, Cyrano was inspired by the different personality types: “When I was living in Singapore, I was reading a book by Susan Cain called ‘Quiet’ about introversion and extroversion. At the same time, I was listening over the various mixes I’d been sent of Afterburns and I started to feel these qualities within two of the mixes. One felt like the type of song you’d want to sing along to in a festival crowd while the other felt like one for your earphones, and a moment for yourself.”
While the “Extroverted” mix is the main version, the already dreamy and ethereal indie track feels slightly more open and percussive on the “Introverted” rendition.
Compare the two below, and decide which one suits you best here.