Set for the Summer release of their debut single ‘LUCKY’, New Zealand-based duo ARLS have partnered with legendary producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers; Super Furry Animals; The Chills) to produce a track with all the hallmarks reminiscent of 90s trip-hop blended seamlessly with 80s synth atmospherics.
Having hit it off musically, ‘LUCKY’ evolved from a throwaway hummed vocal sent as a voice memo from Alba to Bravo, with the line ‘lucky’ and the partially constructed melody returning to them again and again.
Lyrically, the track speaks of wrenching yourself from an unfulfilling relationship while reminding yourself that you’re strong enough to emerge from the pain whilst delivering a sideswipe at the person they’re leaving, that they were lucky to have what they’ve lost.
Alba asserts herself as a vocalist whose gift for melody and imbuing a track with emotion belies the fact that she is still studying at university. Bravo Bonez travels the Earth constantly and is the enigma of the band bringing the darker elements of the 90s trip-hop scene.
ARLS draw upon an array of inspiration such as Massive Attack, Portishead and Morcheeba, and with ‘LUCKY’ set for release on 1st August, they look set to be figuring among the year’s best new tracks.