You might not have heard the name before, but you're about to. Aquilo
is a pop duo from the UK who is releasing Side A of their sophomore album ii
this Friday, November 17th. It includes their somber Bon Iver-esque songs "I Could Fight On A Wall" and "Thin." They tie all of their acoustic goodness in with delicate falsetto and raw emotion. We had the opportunity to talk to them about the writing process and how it differs from their past work below.
How has the sound on ii Side A evolved since your debut self-titled EP?
Our sound has always slightly developed/altered over the years. We're constantly hearing and seeing things that inspire us as we move along. We decided to produce this record completely on our own as we found ourselves in a particular headspace to do so. It's a little more musical than the last but we feel it still holds aspects of the sounds people might know us for.
Did you take a different approach to the songwriting process this time around?
The last record took us 4 years to make and this one took us just shy of a year. We're a little bit more mature musically and far more confident in what we're saying. On the last record we wrote quite metaphorically as we found it hard to openly express what and who we were singing about, especially as we were living with those people that would hear the songs. This time we've found it far easier to just say it how it is.
ii has a very raw honesty to it. On this album, were there any songs in particular that were challenging to write? Have you ever struggled with getting intimate musically?
Previously we had found it hard to be literal but this time around it just feels different. Thin
was a particularly hard song to get right, purely because it's about someone close to us both.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Ooh, probably Radiohead, Pink Floyd, The National, Mew, Fleet Foxes, Sigur Ros, and Mogwai.
What do you hope listeners take away from it?
Just a place they feel they can relate to.