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London-Based Duo Arliston Shares Folk-Infused Single "Monks of Lindisfarne"


Arliston's latest single, "Monks of Lindisfarne", is a beautiful blend of folk and cinematic synth that showcases the duo's unique ability to weave poignant storytelling with rich, expansive soundscapes. The song, part of their upcoming album Disappointment Machine, draws listeners into an emotional narrative of romantic rejection, articulated through Jack Ratcliffe's emotive vocals and George Hasbury's masterful production.


"Monks of Lindisfarne" captures the essence of heartache and the bittersweet nature of unrequited love. The song's protagonist navigates the sting of rejection with composed resignation, reflecting on the emotional tension of a confessional message and the anxiety of awaiting a reply. This sentiment is beautifully encapsulated in the song's poetic lyrics and the gradual build of its instrumental arrangement.


Inspired by a reference from the television show "Peep Show", the title adds humor to the song's theme of unreciprocated feelings. Ratcliffe's explanation of the reference underscores the personal and introspective nature of the song's lyrics, offering a glimpse into the raw, human emotions that underpin the track.


Musically, "Monks of Lindisfarne" begins with a gentle, folky guitar riff that gradually evolves into a lush, 80s-inspired synth chorus. Hasbury's meticulous arrangement showcases the duo's adeptness at blending genres, creating a sound that is both nostalgic and fresh. The addition of strings adds a touch of elegance, elevating the track's emotional resonance.


The combination of heartfelt vocals, intricate harmonies, and innovative production makes this track a standout in their discography. As the song progresses, it leaves listeners in a reflective state, contemplating their own experiences of love and heartache, and appreciating the profound beauty of Arliston's artistry.


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