Arcadia Single Review - Silhouette

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Leah Hamer || November 26th

Over the past twelve months, one name has been scrawled across every outpost on social media, every venue in Staffordshire, and everyone’s lips- Arcadia. This year the Stoke-On-Trent indie foursome has released not one but two EPs, The Shore and Canopy, before undergoing a vast line-up change, amidst their constant weekend gigs which have seen them support The Hunna, Billy Bibby and Happy Monday’s Bez. Most bands would look back on that portfolio of work and think they’d done enough for one year…not Arcadia.

Silhouette is a whirling, dusky piece of indie-grunge. A wavy, distorted riff builds quiet anticipation at the beginning before the taps of drum-sticks mark the start of action. A darker, grizzly attack from Jacob Ferchal’s Jazzmaster kicks in, alongside Josh Holmes’s melodic bass, and James Whitehurt’s slamming symbols. The instrumental strips back, allowing Seb Clarke’s vocals to join in for the verse, echoing and calm in the distance like a ghostly, hipster spirit. The lyrics are unintelligible, yet this merely adds to the effect.

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Heavy strums and vicious drums come in the chorus, with drawn-out screeches in the vocals. An electric storm of flashing lights would accompany this when performed live, as the crowd would burst into a united mosh pit. The breakdown follows, sinister and shadowy, before the chorus hits you once more. A repetition of the beginning beats end the track, rounding it off calmly.

Self-recorded mainly in drummer James’s living room, and mixed and mastered on frontman Seb’s Mac, the track is a fitting example that money need not stand in the way of creating good music.

Arcadia will celebrate the launch of Silhouette on the day of its release, Saturday 26th November, at The Underground, alongside support acts Fake War and Umbrellabird.