We’ve written so much about Arthur Beatrice these past few years that we’ve kind of ran out of words - especially out of superlatives, as with every new thing they release we’re always somewhat perplexed. The George Belfield-video shot at the Isle of Sheppey for new single Late (off Working Out) is more a short film than a video: for the first time it feels like the lyrics come alive in an Arthur Beatrice video, in particular "holding reason, nothing I can say seems right."
We’ve raved about it more than enough: the long-awaited debut record from Arthur Beatrice is simply glorious. Instead of wasting your time reading these words, go and click play below on Working Out and enjoy our favorite record of 2014 (so far) (but very likely to end up in our favorites of the year anyhow).
We’ve been sitting with it for quite some time now (and loving every second of it), but this week you too will finally be able to join in on the glorious listening experience we refer to as “Working Out, the Arthur Beatrice debut album, best record of 2014 (so far).” With a track off the record premiering on several websites throughout this week, we’re happy to present you Fairlawn.
With Orlando taking the lead vocal and mainly assisted by a head-nodding drum beat, you’ll drift off to the little universe AB create within seconds. Ella ghosts in on backing vocals moments later, yet gives Orlando a well-deserved turn in the spotlight. It’s one of the many examples on Working Out, a perfectly balanced album on every level that just grabs your attention without feeling forced upon. It’s practically impossible to pick a standout track off the record, as it’s just a glorious experience all together - a true album album.
Superlatives run short to describe how truly great Arthur Beatrice are in this Take Away Show for La Blogothèque. The band were shot performing two new tracks (Councillor and Late, the opening tracks on their forthcoming debut record Working Out) in a Parisian Church that even blew La Blogothèque away (and if there’s anyone that has seen a lot of great bands perform acoustic, it’s them). If you press play you’ll see and hear why almost instantly, as as soon as Orlando starts singing Councillor backed with nothing by a guitar you’re feeling it. Seconds later Ella joins him on vocals, sounding like a true angel in church - perfect harmonies and perfect echoing. Upstairs they all gather around the piano for Late, which will make you gasp for breathe once more.
Greatest, most promising and DN-favorite band of the moment Arthur Beatrice team up with Kate Moross once more for the video for their new single Grand Union, a joyful and uplifting piece of perfect indie-something. Even though the song feels incredibly light and breezy, lyrics like “dead lungs / you’re becoming someone else’s tongue / coughing up blood / skin coming off” are not as cheerful. The video on the other hand is light and joyful again, with the band hanging out and decorating a lovely, cosy house. Along with the video, the band have announced the release of their long-awaited and much-anticipated debut LP: Working Out, out on February 3 2014 (mark it in your calendars, folks!).
After having our love grow even stronger with the release of their blissful Carter EP, Arthur Beatrice are at it again with new single Grand Union. “Grand” may actually be the perfect word to describe the almost perfect sound of the London four-piece: rich yet smooth indie, the kind that flows over you so gently you hardly notice its obvious beauty. “You’re not in love” sings Orlando, with some help from Ella - they are oh so wrong: we are.
Ella and Orlando of Arthur Beatrice have these kind of voices that compliment each other this beautiful yet shine on their own as well: soft in timbre, but sweet in melancholy. Orlando takes the lead in Vandals, a new song off their forthcoming Carter EP, yet the song gains more depth and beauty when Ella takes over the vocal duties. Building on a piano melody and topped with bits of drum and guitar for melancholy- and indie rock-purposes, Vandals makes you long for July 22 (the release date of Carter) and reaffirms Arthur Beatrice’s status as one of the most exciting bands out there right now.
Arthur Beatrice granted us a new song Carter (Cut) last week (which is very excellent) off their forthcoming EP Carter, which is a truly excellent piece of pop-meets-indie or indie-meets-pop kind of thing. Today the Kate Moross-directed video sees light of day after a full week of teasing us with stills, which is for the Uncut version and starts with a piano intro before it kicks off.
Longtime “DN-supported band that will be really big one day” London band Arthur Beatrice have been re-recording and re-mastering their debut album over and over again, but it looks like it’s finally shaping up to be quite finished. In anticipation and to ease the wait, new single Carter is taken from an EP with the same name and sees the four-piece implement a bit of synths in their much-loved classic approach to indie, which makes it now drift somewhere in the beautiful place between pop and indie.
We kick off our annual “Sound of [insert next year]” lists with an announcement: this year we are doing things a bit differently.
Usually we just make a list of all acts we have big expectations of in the new year, write some bits about all of them and list them up in one big post. This year we have firstly made some categories in which the acts will be divided: The Bands, The Duo’s, The Boys and The Girls. These speak for themselves, obviously. Secondly, we decided to have tip only five acts in each category: we could have easily given a lot more in every category, but this forced us to narrow it down a bit and thus hopefully offer an even better quality.
If you’re a loyal reader of DN none of these bands will be new to you - we share our musical finds all throughout the year; this list is merely a way of looking back (to what acts we discovered) and looking forward (to what acts might become big.)
We would also like to nuance that “get big” thing - we are sure not of all of the acts listed up will break through and/or gain (commercial) success. It’s more of a list of acts we personally have big expectations of and which will
hopefully probably definitely be making and releasing great music in 2013. If they do get big, well, hurrah!
In short: four categories, five acts in each, we love them and they will release amazing music in 2013, possibly break through to a wider crowd.
Today we kick off with The Bands (which requires at least having three people in the actual “band”).
No surprises here, as we are big fans of the Haim siblings. Their Forever EP was crowned as Best EP of 2012 here at DN, as we’re pretty sure we’ll simply never grow tired of it. Pop like it’s supposed to sound, or at least how we think it should sound like. They’ve been playing gigs since they were little girls with their parents - in 2013 their parents will see them depart on world tours to please the millions of fans they will certainly have.
Arthur Beatrice were in last year’s list as well, but we strongly believe in their future and proudly mention them again in this year’s list. After two self-released singles, this quartet is ready for a full-length - and so is the world. Established indie bands, you better make room for Arthur Beatrice among your circles.
Another heart-melter, but so powerful even the coldest heart will fall in love with them. Goodnight London, So Long (GODISDEAD),… Money have released some songs that brought us to tears more than once - we’re going to buy a load of tissues to make sure we’re prepared for more in 2013.
London Grammar conquered the blogosphere by storm with their fitting debut single Hey Now - a slick slice of slow but intriguing electronic pop. We’ve heard more tracks and can confirm this London trio are capable to make you dance and sing as well, like a proper pop band sometimes does.
Kate Boy hint towards The Knife from the Deep Cuts-era with their catchy synth pop but lean towards the more poppy side of said genre. Obviously there are Swedes involved in this project; three to be exact, plus one Australian. Destined to make synth pop more popular than ever in 2013.