It is the first new music since their Hawster EP that was released in 2018
“… it’s about that tinge of regret that any introvert worth their salt feels from time to time. “Looking back, I could have been bolder, looking back, I guess I could have been loud”. Thinking of a thousand moments where you should have said something, but didn’t.”
Jack Ratcliffe, Arliston
Arliston first began writing in a windowless basement underneath a main road in early 2017, with only the muffled screeching of Whitechapel traffic to soundtrack their creativity. This, combined with working with producer and engineer Chris Blakey (Death In Vegas, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), “definitely made us look at the music differently”, front-man Jack Ratcliffe explains, “as a retreat from the rushing traffic, rather than an expression of some perfect rural setting”.
Today, Arliston share brand new self-produced track “Loud” that is the first new music from the band since their EP “Haswer” that was released in October 2018. The EP was mastered by Anthony Lim (Kero Kero Bonito, Akala) and was praised by Lim saying, “Jack Ratcliffe et al conjure up the moment right after a major break-up, accompanied by a soothing inner voice telling you ‘it’s for the best’, whilst at the same time dousing you in a fine mist of some unknown narcotic – melancholic, mystical and moreish.”
The notion of guilt certainly was in mind when writing the new track, Ratcliffe confirms, and suggests that, “lyrically, the song is about that tinge of regret that any introvert worth their salt will feel from time to time. “Looking back, I could have been bolder, looking back I guess I could have been loud”. Thinking of a thousand moments where you should have said something, but didn’t.”
Influences ranging from the indie-glitches of Bon Iver, Four Tet, and The National, to creatives like Ben Khan, Nao, Frank Ocean and Vicktor Taiwo have inspired the band.
“Loud” retains elements of their earlier sensitivity and lyrical depth, but feels like a huge leap forward and a profound statement of intent from the trio. Ratcliffe explains,“We were really experimenting with how far we could push the envelope in terms of grit and ferocity, while retaining the ambient side of our sound that was so dominant in the Haswer EP (2018).”
Spotify editorial playlisting, loyal local supporters, work with established producers, and plays across the BBC have all primed Arliston for a very bright 2019.
Arliston consists of George Hasbury (Keys, Guitar, Bass & Backing Vocals), Jordi Bosch (Drums, Synth & Backing Vocals) and Jack Ratcliffe (Guitar & Lead Vocals).