Sometimes you discover new music that really catches your attention. Arliston was formed in 2018 in a studio under a motorway. Composed of Jack Ratcliffe and George Hasbury, the London duo strives to make music that is both optimistic and melancholic. “Mothering” is the first release from their upcoming EP, ‘Even in the Shade’ and surely doesn’t disappoint as a beautiful tune that feels ready for the world.
“Mothering” begins with an interesting flute-like rhythmic loop as a strumming acoustic guitar and delicate piano create a pretty textural soundscape as impressive lead vocals take centerstage. There is a tenderness and creativity to both the songwriting and performances that are very reminiscent of Bon Iver. It’s hard not to make the comparison as even similar harmonics and render pitched vox elements are tucked in the mix. These comparisons are a big compliment as “Mothering” boasts an authenticity to its spirit.
The production is also exceptionally clean as all the frequencies in the sound spectrum are crystal clear and there is no masking occurring by any of the instruments. The composition also makes some great choices in dynamics, allowing percussion and drums to only arrive in the end to create a nice build and range of energy for the record. The song is certainly a journey through emotions and it finds its way to an impressive finish.
There is no denying the duo’s talent. “Mothering” is an awesome single that offers originality while also displaying its influences. With its intimate production and skilled musicianship and composition writing, this is a tune you must listen to. We can’t wait to hear what’s next from Arliston.
Written by Jon Kagan