Described as "grime-inflected minimalism," Arclight's kinda like Animal Collective meets ambient, but a bit less bohemian eccentric than their festival-famous counterparts. They performed last night at Cafe Oto as a three piece, with live drums that magnificently married manipulated vocals and breakneck electronic beats. Excellent left-field pop, perfect for sun-soaked Sundays and candlelit cafe nights.
The band is more commonly known as the collaboration between Werkdiscs' Lukid and Simon William Lord, of Simian fame (which later split off into Simian Mobile Disco). Last night, they were joined by drummer Matthew Barnes, together crafting sweet-sounding shoegaze that was filled to the brim with roaring rhythms and spilling over with expansive guitar loops.
It seems as if the three will be gearing up to perform more of this psych-folk around the London scene. They recently played the Tate Modern with Jacques Greene and Dorian Concept, a pretty sweet video is on YouTube if you want a sample of their live chops. Listen to their newest EP (TUMBLE DOWN) via Jacque Greene's label, VASE.
Streaming source: http://soundcloud.com/vase-1/arclight-tumble-down