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Consisting of Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher, Aquilo are a British duo who make atmospheric, melancholy, downtempo electronic pop songs. Nearly all of their songs are about heartbreak, loss, and regret, but tracks such as 2014's "Human" (produced by kindred spirit SOHN) contain a small flicker of hope. The pair gained a following through their live performances as well as several heavily streamed and playlisted singles, and they made their full-length debut with Silhouettes in early 2017.
Hailing from the village of Silverdale in northern England, the duo played in harder-edged rock bands, often sharing gigs, before beginning to write softer material as solo artists. They came across one another's music online, and seeing that they lived close to each other, a collaboration was natural. They began writing songs as Aquilo in 2013, and released a self-titled EP in early 2014. The songs immediately received attention from blogs, and "You There" earned BBC Radio 1 airplay. The duo appeared on the BBC Introducing stage at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, and their performance was received warmly. Island Records signed the duo and released their second EP, Human, by the end of the year. Aquilo contributed to Madeon's debut album, Adventure, in early 2015, and a collaboration with Vanic titled "Losing You" appeared online, receiving millions of hits. The pair's third EP, Calling Me, appeared in June 2015. Painting Pictures of a War, an EP of previously released singles, was issued at the end of the year.
In early 2016, the duo moved to London and released a live EP titled Midnight. They contributed to Enigma's 2016 full-length The Fall of a Rebel Angel, appearing on the single "Amen." Aquilo's hotly anticipated debut album, Silhouettes, featuring production from the likes of Lexxx, Johnny McDaid, and Ólafur Arnalds, arrived in early 2017. In September of that year, Aquilo returned with the lush single "I Could Fight on a Wall," which later appeared on 2018's ii, a two-part full-length release divided into distinct A- and B-sides. The two decided to take a break after the album's release, but they returned in 2020 with the EP Sober. ~ Paul Simpson
- Silverdale, Lancashire, England
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