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Exam season is practically over, so it’s either time to party your brains out or kick back and relax. If you’re choosing the latter, the new single Special by local lads Cloning might be the tune for you.

The track sends you into a scene of sustained spacey synths, raspy guitar parts and, on top of it all, Felix’s airy vocals. Each section of the song incrementally builds up to create layer upon layer of indie rock goodness.

Listening to Cloning, I hear a well-constructed blend of their inspirations—echoes of Radiohead, the atmospheric quality of Slowdive and the edgy laid-back vibes of Portishead—as well as great originality on their part.

Special is the first release from their upcoming debut EP Pillars of Salt.