Inspired and the Sleep are back, dropping a second single off their forthcoming LP Teenager. MMMP3s wrote up the first single, the title track "Teenager," and we dug the breezy, rhythm-laden island flavor.
The new track "Running" builds on that same rhythm-first sensibility for a bright & brisk bongo-core pop ditty. A lot of bands these days turn to the excess percussion to bulk out otherwise thin live performances. Drums never fail to excite. It’s basically just a dude beating on something — that’s drums. But when you turn around & listen to the recorded material, a lot of bands jettison the extra percussion because it was just a crutch. Not so with Inspired and the Sleep — percussion is the lifeblood of "Running" and you can probably expect more of the same on the new album.
We’ve also got the vid below for the new single, plus an oldie, "Chops," from a previous album, so you can maybe hear the musical trajectory Inspired and the Sleep have traveled.