Global streaming stars Aquilo today release their new single ‘Silent Movies’. The new single follows 2017’s ‘I Could Fight On A Wall’ and ‘Thin’ from ii (Side A), the first half of their highly-anticipated second album ii that they today announced will be released on May 4th and is available to preorder in CD and vinyl formats.
In November 2017, Aquilo made the bold decision to split their second album into two parts, releasing the first five-tracks of ii as the ii (Side A) EP. Aquilo are truly stars of the streaming age, with their tracks consistently amassing over a million streams. ii continues Aquilo’s progression from bedroom-based laptop producers to constant, inimitable innovators, and with two sold out London shows under their belts and a sixteen-date European tour to come, Aquilo are undoubtedly set for a busy year ahead.
Hailing from the Lake District, Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher first introduced themselves back in 2014 with their larger than life cinematic sound, and have since released four EPs and debut album Silhouettes; produced by highly regarded Icelandic producer Ólafur Arnalds and the ever brilliant SOHN. With much critical praise, solid radio support and over two million monthly Spotify listeners, Aquilo are fast cementing themselves as one of the most exciting new prospects in pop.
Following two sold out dates at the Courtyard Theatre in London at the end of 2017, the pair are heading out on a huge European tour throughout March which concludes with a run of dates across the UK.
They will be in Glasgow on Friday 13th April for a gig at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
Tickets are available for purchase here.
We had Five Quick Questions:
1 Tell us about the first time you performed on stage as Aquilo?
The first time was in front of our friends in a local bar in Lancaster and oddly the following show was Glastonbury. Both equally as daunting and we somehow scraped our way through. As kids we’d always played in bands but when we started Aquilo we’d only intended it to be a recording project. So to start playing these songs live felt a little backwards at first. It’s probably become our favourite aspect of it all now though.
2 What have been some of your favourite reactions to your music?
There’s been a few marriage proposals at shows which is nice. It’s the sort of moment that gives us perspective on how some people receive our music.
3 How important has streaming been for attracting an audience?
Yeah, streaming has been very important to us for sure. Especially in terms of reaching an audience in places we wouldn’t be able to tour at first. Everyone’s free to discover whatever they want and the suggestion of artists that Spotify has is pretty amazing in our opinion.
4 Tell us about some of the music we’d find on your second album?
The second album is more raw and rough around the edges. People that know us for the first album may find it a little hard hitting or bandy at times but we’re cool with that. Our sound is always subtly evolving as we find new influences so it all just feels right.
5 What comes next for Aquilo?
Our new album comes out on the 4th of May and then we’ll take it from there. We’ve got a few festivals lined up but what happens after who knows? Maybe tour a little more? Maybe make another album? Maybe move to the South of France and work on a vineyard?