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Currently on their first US headline tour, global streaming stars Aquilo announce the follow up to ‘I Could Fight On A Wall’ with the release of their spectacular new single ‘Thin’. The track boasts the duo’s most direct and emotional lyrics to date and continues their progression from bedroom-based laptop producers to sonic innovators.
Following ‘I Could Fight On A Wall’, ‘Thin’ is the second track to be heard from new project ii which will be released in two halves; Side A coming next month and Side B to follow in 2018.
On ‘Thin’, the listener stands alongside the band, watching someone in crisis ‘smoking in the kitchen, drinking wine that’s not your own’ and dancing alone too long. Opening with folky acoustic guitar and Tom’s spine-tingling vocals before the hypnotic percussion kicks in, and featuring Bonobo’s brass section, ‘Thin’ is at once Aquilo at their poppiest and most devastatingly dark.
“Thin was written about a friend of ours who was going through a terrible time,” says singer Tom. “It’s a real close to home song. We’d been away playing shows and when we came back, we could tell how much he’d changed. We tried to capture the guilt we felt at not being able to help.”
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The five tracks on Side A of ii form half of Aquilo’s second album; the rest will appear next year on Side B.
“We’re doing things differently,” explains Ben. “Streaming has changed how we all consume music. We still love the album format, but it definitely needs updating. Releasing an album in two halves is our way of doing that.”
Following the success of their debut album, Silhouettes, at the start of this year, the former Lake District neighbours turned South Londoners settled into their first proper studio armed with acoustic guitars to reinvent their sound. Out went the sampled strings of their debut, in came a new-found fondness for hitting things.
“Instead of using sample packs, we played around with sounds we created ourselves,” says Tom. “We’d slap a guitar with our hands or record pen clicks on a crappy microphone and sample those. For the percussion on Thin, we hit wine glasses with different levels of liquid inside. Every song is built from original sounds so each has its own personality.”
With the first track to be heard from Side A of ii, ‘I Could Fight On A Wall’ enjoying much critical praise, solid radio support and over 670,000 Spotify streams in less than a month Aquilo are fast cementing themselves as a band to watch.