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Aquilo is an alternative musical duo from Silverdale, Lancashire, England, consisting of Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher. They began gaining recognition in 2013 for their singles such as "Calling Me" and "You There", in addition to their five EPs.

Aquilo
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Background information
Origin Silverdale, Lancashire, England
Genres
Years active 2013 (2013)–present
Website aquilomusic.com
Members
  • Ben Fletcher
  • Tom Higham

The duo's debut album, Silhouettes, was released on 27 January 2017.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Career beginningsEdit

Higham and Fletcher grew up as neighbours in the Lake District. They were both part of rivaling rock bands in their hometown.[3][4] Higham studied music production in university.[3] The two worked on their musical projects individually before collaborating as Aquilo.[5]

2013–present: Aquilo, Human, and Calling MeEdit

Aquilo began receiving attention in 2013 for their debut tracks "You There" and "Calling Me".[3][4][6] "You There" was included in BBC Radio 1's playlist on 12 June 2014 and the "Best Of BBC Introducing Stage" choices.[7] The song was also featured in the trailer for the 2014 independent drama Camp X-Ray.[8][9] Additionally, they performed "Calling Me" and "You There" on the BBC Introducing stage at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival 2014 on 28 June 2014.[10] They also played at the 2014 Kendal Calling festival.[11] Their first EP, Aquilo, was released on 3 March 2014.

On 8 December 2014, they released their second EP, Human.

On 5 March 2015, their collaboration with popular disc jockey Vanic, "Losing You", was released onto YouTube and SoundCloud. It has so far accumulated over 7.5 million 'plays' on SoundCloud as of 10 April 2017.[12] Aquilo also released their third EP, Calling Me, on 1 June 2015.

On 17 March 2016, they played alongside alt-pop duo Oh Wonder, at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London.

In November 2016, the band appeared on Enigma's eighth studio album The Fall of a Rebel Angel. They provided vocals to the album's closing track and second single, "Amen".[13]

On 27 January 2017, the duo released their debut album, Silhouettes.[14]

Musical styleEdit

Their music has been described as "soft, calm electro-pop",[4] "chilled electronic"[15] and "a ravishingly refined sort of dreamily sad electronica".[3]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK Update[16]
Silhouettes 64

EPsEdit

Title Details
Aquilo
  • Released: 3 March 2014
  • Label: Believe Recordings
  • Format: Digital download
Human
  • Released: 8 December 2014
  • Label: Island Records
  • Format: Digital download, 12"
Calling Me
  • Released: 1 June 2015
  • Label: Island Records
  • Format: Digital download, 12"
Painting Pictures Of A War
  • Released: 4 December 2015
  • Label: Island Records
  • Format: Digital download, 12"
Midnight (Live)
  • Released: 29 January 2016
  • Label: Island Records
  • Format: Digital download, 12"
In the Low Light (Live)
  • Released: 5 May 2017
  • LabeL: Island Records
  • Format: Digital Download

SinglesEdit

  • "You There" (2014)
  • "I Gave It All" (2014)
  • "Losing You" (2014)
  • "Calling Me" (2015)
  • "Good Girl" (2015)
  • "Sorry" (2016)
  • "So Close to Magic" (2016)
  • "Amen" (2016)
  • "You Won't Know Where You Stand" (2017)
  • "Silhouette" (2017)
  • "Almost Over" (2017)
  • "I Could Fight On A Wall" (2017)
  • "Thin" (2017)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Aquilo: Biography, albums, streaming links AllMusic Guide
  2. ^ a b English duo Aquilo on their atmospheric debut album 'Silhouettes' Billboard
  3. ^ a b c d Lester, Paul (7 April 2014). "New Band of the Week: Aquilo (No 1,736)". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Brinnand, Emily (29 April 2013). "Aquilo – New Band Up North #24". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Aquilo - New Music". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  6. ^ "Aquilo - "You There"". Pigeons & Planes. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Radio 1 Playlist". BBC. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Best of BBC Introducing". Glastonbury. BBC. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Reilly, Travis (8 August 2014). "Kristen Stewart Shakes Bella Swan Stigma in First ‘Camp X-Ray’ Trailer". The Wrap. Retrieved 13 August 2014. The trailer contains ... Aquilo's haunting song “You There” ... 
  10. ^ "Aquilo". Glastonbury. BBC. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lineup 2014". Kendal Calling. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Vanic x Aquilo - Losing You". SoundCloud. 
  13. ^ Amen by Enigma on Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  14. ^ Havens, Lyndsey. "English Duo AQUILO On Their Atmospheric Debut Album, Anxiety & More". Billboard. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Aquilo Interview". Banana. 5 March 2013. Archived from the original on 22 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Official Albums Chart Update Top 100 30 January 2017 - 05 February 2017". Official Charts Company. OCC. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 

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