Nearly a month after dropping his debut album Favours, Inner Tongue puts his talents on display in a live session video for the track, '2 Seconds'. The alternate, (and much more intimate) take hits home with a soulful twist to an already melodic tune that really demonstrates Inner Tongues musical range. The album version, on the other hand, keeps a brighter, more upbeat tone with hints of Mac Demarco and Alt-J that carry on throughout the album.
The story behind Favours, and the reason it sounds the way it does, is a remarkable one. In 2013 Inner Tongue was diagnosed with a rare vocal-cord disorder so severe that only a handful of specialists throughout the entire world were capable of treating it. The resulting surgery left him, for a time, unable to talk. The months that followed his operation were emotionally and physically shattering, but he eventually began composing again. Singing was out of the question, “so I decided to modify my musical focus temporarily by 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."
While the entire album deserves a full-hearted listen, a few stand out tracks are "Dig Deeper," "New York," and "Fallen Empire."