The South London indie pop duo of Jack Ratcliffe and George Hasbury that go by the name Arliston, are set to release their forthcoming EP set for release in the early summer via their own label Sob Story Records. No stangers to the Backset Mafia pages, we are excited to premiere the first taste from this EP with track ‘How In Heaven’. The duo teamed up with talented drummers Sylvan Strauss and Sam Catchpole, along with Horn players Sam Scott and Dan Berry for their fourth EP.
Regarding the track vocalist Jack comments:
“This one is a classic ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone’ song. I guess there’s a reason the topic has been covered so many times. It’s so easy to take people close to you for granted. It’s only when you walk away and get some perspective…and maybe a little rose-tinted pondering, that you can see the full picture. The incredulity of the chorus line “How in heaven did I walk over you?” says it all, and then falls back on the silly reasons they broke up in the first place “Cos the songs that I like, they left you dry on the vine” (we didn’t like the same music).”
“The verses start with the character trying to establish individuality and self-determination “I can tie shoes on my own” but their memories reveal the person they left in order to establish individuality was a wonderful person who was ignored.”
Regarding the video Producer & Director Bo Morgan comments:
“We wanted to create a little world around the lyrics. In a meta way we wanted to the story to be as naive as the storyteller’s foolishness of not noticing someone’s value “how in heaven did I walk over you”. We found an old 80s Limo (that couldn’t move), bought a bear mask and hands, and a bunny mask for girl.”
“Cinematography / lighting wise I tried to make it feel as fantastical as possible. It was all shot in 11mm fish eye lens to distort the characters to make them look more surreal. I also covered the lens in Vaseline, as i wanted it to feel wrapped and super-natural. We used RGB lights surrounding the Limo too. The cold weather and condensation helped it feel more claustrophobic and also help disguise that the car couldn’t move.”
“We wanted to make something surreal that wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill boy meets girl story, so we started with the fantastical element of the main characters being animals, and then borrowed a beaten up old limo- it was a lot of fun to make”
The tracks shimmering and soft sonic soundscape wraps around Ratcliffe’s intoxicating vocals as he lays down the tale. A gentle tickle of drums and guitar add texture to this gentle ode to loss that plays out in a dreamy way. It all stops too soon however, leaving us with a perfect teaser to the band’s forthcoming EP, a must for music lovers.
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