University in its very essence allows for the meeting of minds: a chance for individuals to become consumed by their art, uncover new fascinations, and even start a band. This experience is unmissable in Arctic Lake’s formation as they grew from students searching out the ways of seminal musicians to an alt-pop band ready to conquer the vast touring circuit with just a microphone, synths and drums.
Emma Foster, Paul Holliman and Andy Richmond’s persistence in touring since 2014 can only be rivalled by the ethereal beauty found within their unique brand of electronic pop. ‘Cold Hands’ is the third single lifted from their upcoming EP. Continuing with the bodily imagery flowing through both the prior singles’ lyrics and artwork, Arctic Lake have now turned even the most simple body part into an arctic exploration of affection.
Pure beyond measure, the three-minutes encapsulated in this song thrive on the fragile ripples of synth which run free behind Foster’s crystal voice. Whilst the song grows in its presence throughout, Arctic Lake never fall into the trap of constructing mountains of layers, preferring to keep the track ingeniously simple. It’s understandable why Arctic Lake have received notable parallels to other masters of their art like Aquilo and London Grammar.
Fond memories hark back to the trio playing the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival back in 2016 in the wake of their recent October tour. With a new EP, and hopefully more tour dates following its release, here’s hoping that this winter blows a blizzard of new fans over to Arctic Lake.
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Image courtesy of Arctic Lake.