Aquilo are by no means a new discovery. The duo originally from Silverdale in the Lake District- which is referenced in track Sorry– has been firmly on the radar here at Candid, bubbling away in the background for the past couple of years. After much anticipation from fans (myself included), their continued work and effort has culminated in their debut album Silhouettes which is released tomorrow on Island Records.
A beautiful collection of fourteen emotive, sombre and angst ridden singles, Silhouettes really manages to tap into those situations we have nearly all been in but can find hard to express, and as such, listening to the record is both relatable and incredibly cathartic. It covers the moment you realise a relationship is coming to an end in Almost Over, ‘I’m finding it hard to live with something that I know won’t last’, to the reflection afterwards in I Gave It All, to the relief and subsequent positivity in Never Hurt Again.
Band members Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham have taken their time with this creation, which is evident in the high level of production throughout, aided by the experience of producers SOHN and Iceland’s Ólafur Arnalds. Every song is composed with complete attention to each component within, from the dramatic strings and beats in the title piece and LP opener’s ending, to the subtle backing vocals creeping into the mix in finale Waiting. Silhouettes transforms track by track from sorrowful and poignant, to punchy and soulful (Always Done What You Say), making it accessible to a wide range of situations; and the pair’s progressive style carries listeners along for the duration.
The duo toured last October following a postponement of their April 2016 dates, but my fingers are firmly crossed for more upcoming appearances. After watching them perform live twice at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen back in October 2014 and Deaf Institute in March 2015, I can attest to their talent only being further amplified on stage.
To mark the much awaited release, Aquilo are taking to Facebook Live to do a ‘World Tour’ from their living room from January 28th to February 2nd, performing at 9pm across different time zones in Taipei, Sao Paolo, Mexico City, Reykjavik and Melbourne.
Words by Sophia Miles