With emotive strings, sweeping harmonies and an expressive topline, AQUILO’s new single ‘Just Asking’ demonstrates how Aquilo have honed their touch as producers. It’s a fusion of their talents and personalities with the evocative style of Rihanna’s balladeering songcraft. Some of the credit for its luscious, enveloping sound can be attributed to the Grammy-nominated mixer Andrew Sarlo (Bon Iver, Big Thief).
“We’re super excited to let Just Asking go. We’ve actually been sitting on it for a year or so now. It was written in London when we were unsure as to where the new music would go and what we wanted to do. The lyrics kind of speak for themselves on this one. We’d been working on being a little more literal with our writing and we kind of feel we got that with Just Asking!” explain Aquilo.
Aquiloare now based in their Hackney Wick studio, where they’re deep in the making of their third album. They describe the release of the ‘Sober’ EP as a stepping stone towards future releases – its more enveloping and electronic than their first two albums, it glimmers and glistens. Their goal is to balance their overzealous self-criticism with an inquiring creative spirit that no longer puts any limits on what they can be. They cite The National and Big Thief as influences for their knack for writing sad songs “that stab you in the heart”.