FM PREMIERE: UK band Arliston return with compelling single ‘Hold My Wine’

The track stands out as a testament to the band’s musical maturity, managing to be deeply nostalgic whilst avoiding cliché territory.
22 September 2022

London-based duo Arliston are back with their hard-hitting sophomore single, Hold My Wine, taken from their upcoming EP, Even in the Shade, which is due for release on the 4th of November. With its bold, rhythmic sound, Hold My Wine stands out immediately. Featuring powerful drums and multitudes of swaying ‘80s synths, the track stands out as a testament to the band’s musical maturity, managing to be deeply nostalgic whilst avoiding cliché territory. The song shapes up as a contrast to the EP’s delicate first single, Mothering, which was released in August to critical acclaim.

Reflecting on the tongue-in-cheek title, Arliston’s Jack Ratcliffe explained:

“We’ve been wanting to make something a bit more playful for a while, so when we first hit on that chorus idea, making a silly middle-class pun on ‘hold my beer’, everything else just fell into place around it. This one was a lot of fun to make.”

Despite the song’s outwardly upbeat feel and major chords, its subject matter diverges quite a bit from the mood suggested solely by its sound, as Jack explains:

‘Hold My Wine’ is about that occasional moment of recognition when you look up from the narrow corridor of your own thoughts and are seized by the idea that everyone else has progressed and developed while you are stuck in an unchanged rut. The protagonist attempts to do something about it in the chorus – but inevitably, he gets it wrong.

The bittersweet combination of uplifting chords and melodies paired with melancholy lyrics is employed masterfully here by Arliston, assisted by the inimitable mix/master skills of Brett Shaw at 123 studios (Florence + The Machine, Foals). “Hold My Wine” and the rest of the forthcoming EP mark a clear departure from the duo’s previous work, illuminating how their sound continues to evolve in new, unexpected, and promising ways. “Hold My Wine” is available to buy/stream now on all platforms from 23 September. Presave here.

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