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Inlet Sound

Inlet Sound is the musical convergence of passionate folk-rock spirit and atmospheric pop form. The band has spent the greater part of 2012 tirelessly crafting The Romantics, their first full-length record, in lofty cabins and expansive churches with the help of acclaimed Canadian producer Laurence Currie (Sloan, Wintersleep, Holy Fuck, Hey Rosetta!). Having released the album on October 16, 2012, Inlet Sound’s Michael Wexler (vocals/guitar), Sean Hardy (keys), Steven Gore (mandolin/violin), Curtis Murphy (bass) and Kate MacLean (drums) are riding the high from the realization of a dream project that has been in the works for two years.

Since its humble beginnings in 2009 as a two-piece folk-pop collaboration between Wexler and Hardy, Inlet Sound has gone through both physical and sonic transformations: a coming-of-age that mirrors what The Romantics has come to represent. Members have come and gone and musical ideas have taken shape around the personal experiences from which the band has grown and matured; the album’s elements have come into being almost organically – a natural extension of the lives of those creating it. Armed with the record's emotional foundation, a strong lyrical direction and tunes in their heads, the gang began piecing together the puzzle during the summer of 2011 in a sweltering apartment above a Toronto delicatessen. As the songs began to take form, teaming up with Currie as producer sent the project to new heights, further strengthening their creative vision and allowing them to begin recording in the serenity of Northern Ontario and the Canadian Shield.

For the band, the theme of the record was clear from the outset: to translate the tumultuous experiences of youth and maturation into a message to which many could relate, in a medium that is expressive enough to do it justice. Painted with both melancholy and hopefulness, The Romantics is a narrative of sorts; forged from the anxiety of growing old, the album draws on personal reflections and countless formative experiences to create a story both unique and inherently universal. Opening with tracks like the relentlessly optimistic Magnetic North and Romantics I, the record explores and moves through shades of cynicism and self-doubt, only to arrive at tracks like Young Hearts or Mademoiselle and conclude hopeful and refreshed. The album was recorded over a period of three months in the spring of 2012 in various spaces across the province of Ontario, staying true to its vagabond and exploratory thematic roots.

And now, with constant adventure on the horizon — having just added the rhythmic foundation of Murphy and MacLean while continuing to develop markets and play clubs and festivals both East and West of their Southern Ontario home, the band is looking ahead to the new year in anticipation of bringing their powerful and infectiously catchy live show to as many new fans as possible. Exactly what awaits them in the long term remains to be seen, but whatever the future may hold, one thing is clear – they are just getting started.