It’s been a busy year for London-based indie duo Arliston as they debut their second EP ‘Even in the Shade’ following the successful launch of first EP ‘The Ground Might Disappear’ back in January. Ahead of the launch, Arliston, consisting of Jack Ratcliffe (vocals/guitar/keyboard) and George Hasbury (guitar/keyboard), shared two singles ‘Mothering’ and ‘Hold My Wine’ – both of which were met by glowing accolades.
Jam-packed with cerebral songwriting and soaring instrumentals, the five track ‘Even in the Shade’ is everything from tense and unpredictable, subtle and stripped back to warm, rich and playful – demonstrating their sonically diverse and experimental soundscape.
With their knack for ensuing contemplative atmospheres, Arliston incorporate an expansive and diverse collective of influences. And, most successfully at that; the way in which Ratcliffe’s voice reverberates between airy falsetto and rich baritone, accompanied by Hasbury’s heavenly piano harmonies, make ‘Sydenham Place’ an instant indie classic.
Further inspired by obstacles, Arliston’s desire to reach far and further is clear. “We had just lost our drummer, amicably, so we were a little adrift as we started making this EP. This first song we wrote was ‘Mothering’, which was sort of inherently smaller without a drummer’s presence. But it still felt good and like Arliston, and after that the rest of the songs quickly emerged,” says Hasbury on the EP.
Ratcliffe adds: “I think we feel like we’re only just finding our feet with the project and where we want it to go, and that’s a really exciting feeling! We’re starting to get the feedback and the response that we’d hoped for, so we’re more energised than ever.”
With writing and production by Arliston and mastering from Brett Shaw (of Florence and the Machine and Foals), ‘Even in the Shade’ is an EP of undeniably quality; one that offers insight into the duo’s continuing evolution. As their fan-base and Spotify streams amass exponentially, it’s certain that Arliston are on the way to breaking new ground.
Head below to stream Arliston’s new EP “Even In The Shade”…