Goodbye Cruel Hotel Lobby – Withered Hand EP

After being so dilatory at getting hold of the last Withered Hand EP, there were no delays in getting hold of the new record ‘Inbetweens’, released this week as a 4 track 10” single.

If ‘Heart, Heart’ was a largely raucous record, ‘Inbetweens’ is a much more restrained affair marking a return to the more measured approach epitomised by the ‘Good News’ LP. But whilst the volume’s been turned down a little, the quality hasn’t been diluted at all on this lovely record.

The title track is a gorgeous, yearning ballad which highlights the strengths Dan Willson’s songwriting whilst next up a cover of Enfant Bastard’s ’Walls’ is country-tinged mixing melodies with the occasional swear word.

On the flip side ‘Oldsmobile Car’ has been revamped in a more acoustic stylee without the effects of the ‘You’re Not Alone’ version but with a nice drone effect instead. Closing track ‘Wonderful Lie’ is a return to the stately majesty of the opening track with a piano picking out some of the melodies.

On the back of ‘Heart, Heart’, ‘Inbetweens’ means it’s been a fairly productive year for Withered Hand and the news that Dan has a lot of unrecorded songs surely gives us hope that we may see a new Withered Hand LP before too much time has passed.

In the meanwhile ‘Inbetweens’ is enough to keep us going. And here’s the video for the lead track:

The EP is available online or from all good record shops.

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