Neu Pick: Arctic Lake are ethereal and emotional on ‘Further’

Arctic Lake are ethereal and emotional on ‘Further’

The London trio’s immersive new ambient-pop cut is today’s Neu Pick.

Every weekday, DIY’s new music know-it-all Neu brings you one essential new release to get obsessed with. Today’s Neu Pick comes from Arctic Lake.

When Emma Foster, Andy Richmond and Paul Holliman were thinking up names for their band, they may well have gone through a myriad of ideas. But none quite capture the atmosphere of their work quite like Arctic Lake. The London trio create ethereal tones that glide by like commanding glaciers, creating emotional tension on the adjacent rocks.

On their new track ‘Further’ though, they might be at their most strikingly atmospheric yet. The first cut to surface from a forthcoming release, it sees Emma’s vocals drifting over a base of snapping beats, piano melodies and waves of icy synths. It’s at once delicate and powerful, a burst of ambient pop that deeply immerses the listener with its emotional overtones.

Speaking of the track, frontwoman Emma said: “I would say ‘Further’ is a song that talks of hurt, doubt and confusion towards the opposites life can throw at us; but despite that it is one that carries hope and hopefully that translates”. That sense of warmth to be found in hope manages to shine through on ‘Further’, but Arctic Lake still manage to project a sense of icy cool.

Listen to ‘Further’ below.

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