Alt-pop duo Arctic Lake’s alluring new single, “Fool,” is a vulnerable track diving into a painful love. The relationship has turned sour: The song is about loving someone who has started to scare you and doubt your own worth, vocalist Emma Foster divulged. The London-based duo, comprising Foster and multi-instrumentalist/producer Paul Holliman, wrote the song with Micah Jasper (The Revivalists, Channel Tres). They released the single under Astralwerks.
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. So I started writing the song about that.
~ Emma Foster
With soft guitar and ethereal vocalizations, “Fool” epitomizes the heartache of a harmful relationship. The idea that a love that once brought so much warmth is now a source of suffering is devastating. That raw emotion rings through with each lyric:
You’re like a sea either side of the storm
You ease my mind but scare me more
You change like the weather
Sometimes you’re cold
But then there’s light and then your warmth
Your touch on me is a different love
For those who are going through something similar or for those who have managed to escape, “Fool” is comforting in its sorrowful expression.
Arctic Lake’s accompanying visualizer feels surreal. Over a black background, a large box featuring an icy-toned, inverted color version of Emma Foster zooms and moves around quickly. To the side, another woman appears in a smaller rectangle – mostly static with the occasional glitch. The futuristic vibe will put viewers in a trance as they listen along to the track and focus on the confusion of coming to terms with heartbreak.
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.
~ Emma Foster
Holliman said the song came together naturally at the end of a session where it felt like nothing was working. He said he felt ready to go, but that Emma pushed through, and “Fool” was born — and quickly, at that: “Emma had the vocals in about 10 minutes and Micah put a donk on it!” he said.
“Fool” precedes Arctic Love’s forthcoming EP, How Do You Make It Look So Easy, which is available to pre-save on all major platforms. The duo will appear on stage throughout November and December, so check its official website for ticket availability. Connect with Foster and Holliman on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Featured photo credit to Diana Terlemezyan