Arliston bids farewell to 2023 with their latest single, “Thawed,” and it’s a sonic revelation. Departing from their recent work, the indie pop duo introduces an icy undertone to their signature spacey atmospherics, unveiling a new facet of their creativity. Released on November 24th, 2023, via Sob Story Records, “Thawed” serves as a sultry and melancholic punctuation to a prolific year that witnessed the duo delivering two EPs. The track unfurls like a hypnotic narrative, beginning with a smokey haze in the first verse, gradually building to a chorus filled with swagger. Angular drums, snarling basslines, and slinky vocals punctuate the space, creating an arrangement that effortlessly sweeps listeners from start to finish.
Vocalist Jack offers insight into the song’s narrative, describing it as a simple story about a character trapped in a cyclical loop of behavior. The verses evoke a sense of creeping claustrophobia, depicting the character’s addiction to negativity from the media, leading to a fractious state where reality seems illusory. The chorus becomes the character’s attempt to escape, retreating into the sanctuary of “my room” or accumulating wealth, but the cycle persists. Jack humorously labels it a “classic merry Arliston tune.” “Thawed” showcases Arliston’s willingness to push the boundaries of their sound. George, the instrumentalist and producer, describes it as a collision between Americana and downtempo British indie, adding a new flavor to the Arliston pot.
Mixed and co-produced by Brett Shaw, known for his work with The Foals and Florence and the Machine, “Thawed” boasts expertly balanced swirling sounds, each thread of the sonic landscape meticulously crafted. Arliston’s journey from a studio-only project to a fully-fledged band is evident in their musical evolution. With over 2.7 million streams on Spotify, support from BBC Radio One and Amazing Radio, and editorial acclaim from Spotify UK and Apple Music, Arliston continues to solidify their presence in the British indie music scene. “Thawed” not only marks the end of a remarkable year for Arliston but also sets the stage for what promises to be an exciting musical journey ahead.