Arctic Lake on UK tour, songwriting and new music

Arctic Lake on UK tour, songwriting and new music

Arctic Lake on UK tour, songwriting and new music

Arctic Lake on UK tour, songwriting and new music

Photo: Diana Terlemezyan

London trio Emma Foster, Andy Richmond and Paul Holliman are capturing people’s hearts under the name of Arctic Lake, forming their immersive ambient pop that’s both emotional and enthralling. Since releasing their debut EP Closer last October, the band have been working on new material which they’re set to showcase on their first headline UK tour this month, with Bristol as the first stop at The Louisiana on the 18th June.

Ahead of the show, we caught up with lead singer Emma to discuss their debut tour, songwriting and new music developments.

This will be your first ever UK headline tour. How are you guys feeling about it?

We’re really excited to get out and play some new songs in some places that we haven’t played headline shows before. We’ve been around the country this year on a few support tours, but it’s going to be really great to have our own fans at each show and to play a full set each night. Hopefully it goes well!

For those seeing Arctic Lake for the first time on this tour, what can they expect?

For anyone that’s been following us recently, they’ll notice we don’t play live shows all that often. The reason for this, is that we want every show we play to be a spectacle, something really special, in which we make connections with our audience.

With this being our first UK headline tour, we’re going to be putting our all into each performance, and the dates outside of London are going to be out most intimate to date. We’ve curated the set with new songs that we haven’t shared before, interludes bridging songs together, and also playing our favourites which people would’ve heard before – we’re very excited for it.

Both the sound and visuals for latest single ‘What You May Find’ are beautifully crafted. Could you tell us a bit about the recording process and story behind the song?

We recorded this song with Chris Coulter, his studio is based on a little eyot in the thames which is really lovely – he’s amazing and he makes recording a beautiful experience so the process was really peaceful. ‘What You May Find’ has many layers of meaning to me but in general it is about knowing that all of who you are and all of what you have done is not beautiful. It is a slow acceptance of being human.

The songwriting certainly stands out when listening to your music. What sort of themes and influences inspire your work?

Our influences come from our experiences, what we witness and interpret everyday. Our desire has been to talk about what makes us, the thoughts and feelings we encounter and in doing so, hopefully help in uniting one another – that will always be our main source of inspiration.

Your recent EP Closer was well received across the board. What was it like working on it?

Recording Closer was some of the most fun we’ve ever had in a studio. Paul was like a kid in a candy shop with synths spanning from wall to wall, and I think that’s apparent in the record, with us taking on a more analogue and lo-fi sound.

Our producer Matt was incredible, on one hand he was so calm and comforting which made us feel so relaxed during each session, and on the other hand he was completely insane, recording me rattling his car keys, shoving all our voice memos into the tracks, and having an Eno-esque work ethic which really pushed us out of our comfort zone.

Lastly, any exciting developments in the coming months we should keep an eye out for?

There’s going to be some new music after the tour which will lead up to the release of our second EP. There’s some of the most upbeat songs we’ve ever done on there, as well as some of the most stripped back and intimate so we’re looking forward to releasing them and seeing what people make of them.

Tap The Feed presents Arctic Lake at The Louisiana with support from MAUWE and Joseph Wellfair. Grab your tickets to the show via Headfirst and check out the rest of the tour dates below.

Tour dates

18th June – The Louisiana, Bristol

19th June – Gullivers, Manchester

20th June – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

21st June – Omeara, London