Today marks the day that Arlie releases their debut EP Wait, a fantasia that filters classic pop songwriting through a synthesized psychedelic palette. A true collage of everything from pop, to alternative, pulled together with a squelching kaleidoscopic flare. Wait's captivating instrumentals propels its hooks onto a whole different planet. To get that other worldly feel, they enlisted the help of production masters Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Local Natives) and Jason Kingsland (Youth Lagoon, Belle and Sebastian). Their debut EP is beaming with lyrical savviness that exudes alternative infatuation.
Along with the EP release, Arlie premiered the official video for their song "big fat mouth." The single has over 2 million streams but hadn't had a music video until today. Arlie's specialty of "offbeat music appealing to the millennial state of mind," translates through their nostalgic, hallucinatory video.
Arlie's Nathaniel Banks explains the bands' humorous intentions, saying,
“About halfway through the process of making ‘big fat mouth,’ a few friends and I hit a point where we got really sick of hearing each other talk about how our lives could be better, without any follow through. With no idea where we were actually headed, somehow we all got on the same page and put our heads together and built a flying machine powerful enough to get us up and above the mundane.”
Arlie is the product of mastermind Banks, whose genre-hopping sensibility is belied by an easygoing musicality rooted in pop from the '50s and '60s. Banks is joined by guitarist Carson Lystad and drummer Adam Lochemes. Over the past several months, Arlie has risen from college dorms and house parties to Bonnaroo, shows with Rostam and Cold War Kids, 5 million+ streams, and their national tour this fall.
Banks knows that the release of Wait is just the beginning for Arlie:
“We all just finished college and it feels like we’re brand new to the world again. We’re so, so tired. But we’re not going down without a fight. Wait marks that turning point.”
Listen to Wait here: