Favours, the debut album from Austrian one-man-artist Inner Tongue, is an incredible record for more than one reason. Not only is it filled with sensational, forwarding thinking alt-pop but it also follows an incredible demonstration of one man’s determination to release the music in his head.
In 2013 Inner Tongue was diagnosed with a highly rare vocal-cord disorder, one so severe that only a handful of specialists throughout the entire world were capable of treating it. He personally paid for the surgery, and was left with a long road to recovery. During this time he was unable to talk, and definitely unable to sing.
The months that followed his operation were emotionally and physically shattering, but he eventually began composing again. And with singing out of the question, “I decided” he explains “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.”
And now, 5 years on from his surgery, he finally releases his debut album. Full of languid, nonchalant beats, there are moments in ‘Favours’ that at times recall artists like James Blake, Childish Gambino and Frank Ocean.
Effortless in its execution, and lush in it’s sound, it’s an addictive record. ‘Underworld’ is a dreamy, alt-pop highlight, while the likes of current single ‘Next Life’, ‘Fallen Empire’ and ‘Dig Deeper’ grow on your with each passing listen.
Born from one mans unwavering desire, ‘Favours’ is a sensational debut record. And with the sun shining and the summer approaching, this is a record to spend a lot of time with over the next few months.
The full track listing is…
- Lamaq Part I
- Dig Deeper
- Next Life
- New York
- 2 Seconds
- Somebody Knows It
- Fallen Empire
- Lamac Part II