"There’s something very emotional about silence and space in music." Arctic Lake on discussing their new single.

Monday 1st April 2019 | Grace

Having just released their new single, Holding On, London band Arctic Lake don’t let their fans down with this new track which keeps hold of the atmospheric soundscapes and originality the band are known for making. The song is built on layers of melancholic and enticing melodies crossed with a haunting and beautiful voice to create something spectacular. We caught up with the trio to talk about the new song, coming together in the capital and stopping Brexit.

Tell us a bit about yourselves?

Emma: We’re a chilled-out trio who love downtempo tunes and sad topics. 

What do you guys bring that makes you unique?

Andy: I think our attitude and approach is very unique. We’re very independent and forward-thinking which is I think what sets us aside from major label acts similar to us.

You have spoken of how you met over a desire to create ‘emotive and atmospheric music’. What is it about this sound that has made you want to create your own work from that?

Paul: We all grew up listening to different styles, but our sound really came together when we stripped everything back and let Emma’s voice stand out a bit more - there’s something very emotional about silence and space in music, which is definitely something that a lot of our favourite acts do as well. 
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Does anyone in the band have a reputation for anything?

Emma: I’m not sure I can share and I’m really not sure you want to know...

Where are you all from and what was it like growing up there?

Andy: We’re from all different parts of the U.K, which I think is something that gives us real perspective when we’re together. Paul is from Surrey, Emma is from Lincolnshire, and I’m from Lancashire. I mean we all pronounce things differently, have grown up with completely different childhoods,  and come from different backgrounds, but I think that’s one of the reasons we’re so connected, and find each other so interesting.

You met in London, what do you like most about the city?


Paul: I think there’s just so much going on all the time - in terms of music that means there’s always new people to work and collaborate with, and on a personal level there’s so many things to do that just aren’t available anywhere else. Obviously, there’s also times where you just need to escape and see some green once in a while, so we’re all quite lucky that we’re from outside the city and we can go back home for a bit to recharge and not be thrust into other people’s armpits on the tube. 

How does the city influence you musically?

Emma: That’s a really good question, it’s not something we’ve ever really considered consciously but living in London can be so chaotic at times that I guess we get a lot of escapism though our music. It’s chilled and we appreciate silence and part of that surely must be a result of our environment. 

Tell us about your new single ‘Holding On’?

Andy: ‘Holding On’ feels like a real progression for us as a band, it’s the first time we’ve started a track this powerfully, so it feels really anthemic each time we listen to it. It was a really emotional and cathartic experience, and a lot of tears were shed in its making.

You have described your new single as being the one you’re most looking forward to play live. Why is that?

Paul: It’s definitely got a lot of energy that we’re excited to transfer onto the stage, as well as being a bit more upbeat than some of our other songs. It’s also a really meaningful song for us, so if you put all of those things together you get a corker of a live tune (at least for us anyway)! 

The lyrics to your songs seem to be a mixture of enigmatic poetry varied with some more obvious meanings. How do you choose what to write about?

Emma: This is going to sound contrived but I rarely think about what I’m writing, it’s always like free writing - like my subconscious takes over and says all the things I’m struggling to admit or deal with. Our songs tend to be about human interaction, emotions and existence but I guess it all stems through our own experiences and my mind just lets it all out. 

With people like Elton John and Huw Stephens as fans, you seem to have a really high profile following. Who would you most like to collaborate with in the world?

Andy: We’ve always been interested in experimenting more with our visuals, and working on our aesthetic, so collaborating with someone from that world would be really inspiring for us. It’s always easy to find yourself within a comfort zone, so to collaborate with someone that pushes the confines of theirs outward would be an incredible proposition for us. Artists like Catharina Stoltenberg, Hussein Chayalan and pakbae are really inspiring to me personally at the moment.

In this current life that we are all in, what would you do to change the world?

Paul: Can somebody just stop Brexit. Please. 

What can we expect from you for the rest of the year?

Emma: We have more music dropping throughout this year and next and we have some live shows coming up in October. We have lots of writing to be finished and recorded and some other fun stuff we’re yet to announce - keep an eye out!

To check out more of Arctic Lake’s music and tours, head to their Instagram, Facebook and Spotify. The band will be touring the UK this October and for an opportunity to check out a band with a genuine love of music, make sure not to miss them in London.