It’s difficult when you’re in the middle of something to see how it looks from the outside, but we’re taking a stab that when people look back at pop music from the last few years they’ll probably view artists such as The XX and James Blake as defining the agenda. For many bands and solo artists that have followed seem to have relinquished the idea of youth culture and pop being something that bangs with energy and chaos and instead redefined it with minimalism and a certain languid style of delivery. From chart stars like London Grammar to newcomers such as Låpsley, young musicians are adopting an unhurried and mellow approach to music.
So new North London three piece Arctic Lake fit very nicely with the zeitgeist. Their song Limits is full of slow warm digital sighs and just the simplest of beats. Those comparisons with London Grammar have already started and to that we’d like to add another Breaking More Waves favourite - Aquilo. If you want music that sounds like it’s up for a fight, Limits isn’t it. But if you want something that’s chilled to perfection and beautifully executed, you've come to the right place.
Arctic Lake - Limits