Arliston is a duo made up of South Londoners Jack Ratcliffe (vocalist & instrumentalist) and George Hasbury (instrumentalist & producer), emerging onto the scene in 2018 with the critically acclaimed EP Hawser, recorded in Dock Street Studios in East London with Chris Blakey (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Lloyd Williams, Death in Vegas). What began initially as a studio-only project soon developed into a fully fledged band, complete with its own fleet of loyal listeners.
Accolades in the streaming world and the British indie music scene have piled up with the release of a further two EPs, Spotify streams in the millions and support from BBC Radio One and Amazing Radio, as well as enjoyed editorial support from Spotify UK featuring on playlists like Most Beautiful Songs in the World and New in Alternative on Apple Music, as well as widespread positive critical response.
A chilled out and enveloping track to slow down with, Thawed is a mesmerising moment of dazed and painful introspection. The lyrics are crooned, raw and tender, delineating the narrator’s mindset – despondent and seemingly stuck in a dragging, habitual loop of behaviours, thoughts and feelings. Echoing vocals evoke the sense of repetitiveness while additional harmonising background “oohs” add to the gloom. “I thought that this would save me”
A feeling of brain fog and airlessness pervades throughout, alongside a strange sense of comfort. Fragmented drumbeats help to create a feeling of quiet disjointedness, while guitar strings pluck dolefully, evoking a sense of small circling movements throughout, like a caged animal pacing back and forth – an inner spirit that longs to break free.