ARLISTON RETURN WITH ‘WICKED GAME’ Release Date: 01/11/2019
Arliston return with their rousing take on Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’. After a string of releases, the East London trio have now distilled their sound and now direct it towards a reimagining of the beloved 80’s ballad.
‘Wicked Game’ is a perfect match
for Arliston. It slips, hand in glove into the musical tendencies of the band.
As it progresses, Jack Ratcliffe’s vocals flip nimbly between baritone and
falsetto, underpinned by Jordi Bosch’s metronomic beat which infuses the song
with a sense of modern, angular urgency. George Hasbury, meanwhile, has moved
from the song’s original guitar to a minimal piano arpeggio, which rushes out
to populate the sonic landscape with an embellished version of the modal three
chord sequence the song is famous for.
While this is a cover, Arliston
have not been able to resist a climactic departure from the original at the
very end. Jack recalls that “when we go to that part of the song in our live
version, we were having far too much fun to stop… we felt we should just see
where it ended up!”. This train of thought brought them eventually to a
thunderous climax, transferring into a full choir of harmonised voices,
intertwined with a switch from the minimal electronic beat to a full acoustic
drumkit. It is a truly stimulating crescendo which elegantly counterpoints and
balances the early minimalism of the song.
Live Shows: Indie Week, Toronto: 13th – 17th November 2019
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