Arctic Lake introduces ‘Fool‘, a heartfelt single from their soon-to-be-released EP. Dive into the emotional journey behind the song.
The London-based musical pair, Arctic Lake, has unveiled their latest single, ‘Fool’, a precursor to their upcoming EP titled, How Do You Make It Look So Easy. The team, consisting of singer Emma Foster and the versatile producer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Holliman, collaborated with Micah Jasper (known for his work with The Revivalists, Channel Tres) to craft this beautifully detailed track, which carries a touching narrative.
Emma Foster shares the inspiration behind the song, “One of my best friends was in a really volatile relationship; over the space of two years I watched her slowly disintegrate. She was worn down by it,” explains Emma Foster. “I started writing the song about that – ‘Eating away at me/ Keep fraying at the edges’ – and then the chorus: ‘I’m a fool to let you break me / I’m a fool to let you change me.’ Then I wrote the pre chorus about loving someone who has a side to them that scares you or makes you question your worth. I think it’s something a lot of us have experienced and that irrational excusing of the bad is something that is hard to see when you’re in it. So ‘Fool’ was born and I love it. Micah and Paul transformed it into a song that makes you want to move, it’s chaotic but there’s power and lightness. Now that my friend is on the other side of it and everyone I know is, it makes the whole thing a complete picture.”
The song “Fool” joins the ranks of the EP’s earlier releases, “Silver Pendant” and “My Weakness.” Critics have lauded their work, with The Honey Pop describing “Silver Pendant” as a “mesmerizing alt-pop anthem,” and Clash Music highlighting their unique electropop sound. Popdust also praised “My Weakness” as a classic Arctic Lake piece, capturing the duality of love.
Paul Holliman adds, “‘Fool‘ came together really quickly at the end of a session – we’d tried three different ideas that day and nothing was working. It was 5:00 p.m. so, in my mind, we were calling it, but Emma wanted to try something else. I started playing the guitar part, Emma had the vocals in about 10 minutes and Micah put a donk on it! So credit to Emma for pushing through because I was very ready to head to the pub instead, and we would never have made this little tune that we ended up really liking.”
Arctic Lake’s signature sound is characterized by raw emotion and vulnerability. Their discography, including hits like “Limits” and EPs such as Closer, What You May Find, and 2022’s side by side we lie awake, showcases their ability to evoke deep emotions. Their collaborations with renowned artists like ZHU, Boris Brejcha, and Lane 8 further solidify their position in the music industry.