Max Greenhalgh sent over “Sink” with a message that this new single ” represents a new writing style…refined production and overall feel to the project”. The DNA of Inspired And The Sleep has always been light tones, dreamy, wave-like vocals combined with airy, ethereal production. While there have been tracks that had a strong beat, I can’t recall any that thump quite so heavily as “Sink” does with it’s percussion.
There’s a lot going on in this song. The sound of woodwind instruments permeate, with an interesting new mini-operatic bridge vocalized by Max himself. I guess operatic is a strong word, but a more skintight descriptor evades me currently. Whenever you hear an Inspired And The Sleep track you can bet every penny you own on it having a pretty memorable hook, and this track is certainly no exception. If anything, this entire track is quite memorable, almost flirty, and has an undeniable charm that gets into your bones.
“Sink” feels like Inspired And The Sleep went through a metamorphosis after Teenager. and this is the adult version of the project I have came to love. Where most musicians and groups falter when growing their sound in new directions, I feel like this slight shift for Max and Inspired And The Sleep is both well thought out and well executed.
“Sink” is available for free via the Soundcloud player below, or you can grab a higher quality version on the Inspired And The Sleep bandcamp.