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Inner Tongue – Favours

Compositions - 80%
Breaking Ground - 80%
Engagement - 70%
Lyrical Voice - 80%
Production - 90%

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An incredible record of innovative, forward thinking alt-pop from a voice long repressed.  

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An incredible record of innovative, forward thinking alt-pop from a voice long repressed.

The debut album ‘Favours’ from Vienna based musician Inner Tongue comes back with an incredible story of determination.  In 2013 Inner Tongue was diagnosed with a rare vocal-cord disorder.  It was so severe that only a handful of specialists throughout the entire world were capable of treating it.   

Have travelled the globe to find a surgeon capable of undertaking the procedure, the surgery left him unable to use his vocal chords for several months.  He had to live in clinically enforced silence.  With singing 100% not an option “I decided to modify my musical focus temporarily” he explains.  “i began writing songs which could produce a melodic tension without vocals, but which featured the traits of forward-looking pop music. It was as if someone had pressed a reset button on the musical identity I had of myself.”

The resulting record – Favours – is an incredible record.  Combining nonchalant beats with the lightness of touch that distinguishes Death Cab For Cutie, the heartfelt perfection of Sohn, and the intuition evident in Chet Faker, it’s a record you’ll find yourself repeatedly listening to time and time again, unearthing further and further details with each passing play.  

From the languid nature of current single ’Next Life’, the dreamy ‘Underworld’, the beat-heavy ‘Dig Deeper’ and weightless piano led album closer ‘Lamac – Pt.2’. ‘Favours’ is a beautiful listen from start to finish.  From the seamless production, to the all encompassing atmospherics, to the deeply personal lyrical content, you should be adding favours to your favourite streaming platform and preparing to spend a lot of time in its company over the coming months.  

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