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New track: Inland Murmur – Waterline

There’s something delightfully late-80s/early-90s about this new track from Cardiff indie three-piece, Inland Murmur. Consisting of Hannah on bass and vocals, Alan on guitar, and Toby on drums, guitars and vocals, they have a sound that falls somewhere between Out of Time-era REM, Broadcast, the Killers, and latter-day New Order. There’s a gentle wistfulness running through the track (in no small part due to Hannah’s lead vocal) and a well-balanced, dynamic arrangement that juggles the free-flowing momentum of the guitars with a taut drum track. Basically what I’m trying to say is that it’s a well-written song, the kind that slowly creeps up on your subconscious as opposed to reaching out and bludgeoning you. I was drawn into listening based on their name – with at least part of it reminding me of early REM – and the cool artwork (always a good sign) so it was a pleasure to find such a gem. Check out their previous single, Icarus, on Spotify too. As with Waterline, it’s a lovely thing, and it showcases a very different side to the band. I’m sure I’ll not be the only one keeping an eye out for their first EP later this year.

You can find out more about Inland Murmur on their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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