As a singer, losing your voice is one of the most terrifying prospects life can hold. Four years ago, Inner Tongue’s diagnosis with a vocal cord disorder left his career teetering on the brink. Fast-forward to the present day, and - following specialist treatment - he releases “Underworld”, the first track from his forthcoming debut album.

Based in Vienna, Inner Tongue prefers to write under cover of darkness. By contrast, “Underworld” is the only track that has come into being during the daylight hours. There’s a sunny lightness that shines through from the fluid guitar-pop that’s perhaps a result of this change in process. With lyrics that fervently remind the listener, “we’re okay,” “Underworld” feels like the embodiment of the relief their writer must have felt at the knowledge he could continue his career.

Following support slots on tour with Ghostpoet and Everything Everything off the back of an acclaimed debut EP, it should be no surprise that “Underworld” is quite so gleaming and polished. We look forward to future singles in the run up to next year’s album release.

“Underworld” is out now.