Like Lovers

by Arran Arctic

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Hannah Coates I think this album is just so perfect. It sounds like the mountains. Favorite track: Pastoral.
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The 6th full length LP album from Northern Irish, Edinburgh based D.I.Y. Musician Arran Arctic.


released November 18, 2012

All tracks written, produced, recorded and performed by Arran Arctic who is... Arran Southall.

Copyright and Payright Arran Southall 2012.

Featuring Kelagh O'Neill's vocals on track #7, #9 & #11.

*** Reviews ***

“Quite possibly Northern Ireland’s best kept musical secret… A cosy mix of folk, electronica and ambient drone, the homemade album conjures the lovelorn, semi-solipsistic musings of Hood, Midlake and Radio Dept, whilst retaining Southall’s singular, wonderfully wistful approach.”

- Alternative Ulster, 12/12/12

“Arran makes some of the best music around, and Like Lovers just proves this opinion is a correct one. It advances his pared down, fragile sound, making it more moving than it has ever been before. The 11 tracks all have single word titles which reflect the minimalism of the music, but this just goes to highlight Arran’s heartbreaking vocals and lyrics. For anyone who has ever had their heartbroken, so everyone then, this is a must hear. Just gorgeous.
This man makes some of the most achingly beautiful music around today, and everyone should buy his work.”

- Scots Whay Hae!, 05/12/12

“Like Lovers is the sixth LP from Arran Arctic, and… it’s probably the cleanest, most mature sound in his catalogue.
Most of the songs stay within Arran’s field of vision; twee electronica and lo-fi production combined with raw vocals that never waste a lyric.
It’s not often you see an album with more than one instrumental track on it, but you get the sense that in holding back his vocals, Arran manages to avoid denuding his niche. That minimalism gives him the space to keep his music fresh.
As a piece of lo-fi electronica, Like Lovers is a sublime record, and I love it. Have some green tea while you listen.”

- 9/10 stars, Dauphin, 08/12/12

“By far his best release to date… I’m a huge fan of his previous five albums. They’re all good, but this one is just brilliant… At times I could swear I was listening to the musical maestro Get Well Soon.”

- Kowalskiy, 15/11/12

“It’s a fantastic album, probably his finest to date”

- Scottish Fiction, 21/11/12

“A lovely collection of delicate, experimental tracks often with an orchestral depth, which will capture your attention.”

- Play Me A Song, 12/12/12

“This young artist would fit quite happily in with what Fence are doing (and have been doing since the last millennium) but he’s not specifically that – in fact, much more pop than folk… it’s a joy to listen to. If this is folk then knit me a jumper and call me Auld Rory.”

- 4/5 stars, Is This Music?, 29/03/13



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Arran Arctic Glasgow, UK

Arran Arctic (a.k.a. Arran Southall) is a D.I.Y. musician and artist who has been independently producing and releasing music for almost a decade. When he’s not recording in his home studio, he’s doodling, knitting and generally being creative in any way possible! ... more

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Track Name: Accustomed
I was the one, wouldn't hold you tight
I was the one putting up the fight
And we talk of all this bullshit
That we see on TV and in movies
No one taught me how to do this
So we'll do it your way
'Cause you seem to know what you're doing
Track Name: Headphones
As the scenery rolled past
Your head rested against the glass
Your hand in mine
He reads the times
Laughing behind, you're asleep

The weather outside soaked your shirt
You bought a suit for work
Your hand in mine
He fills crossword lines
Tracks intertwine, you're awake

As you slumber you hear
Sexy time playlist in your ear
We share the headphones and disappear
Tracks last for hours my dear
Track Name: Roll
Roll over and turn out the light
Fall asleep by your side
I'm tired of playing this silly game

Roll over and turn out the light
Love must have its last night
I'm wide awake, a stupid mistake

Roll over and turn out the light

I love you...

Roll over and turn out the light
Hold your tongue out of spite
Apologise, tears in our eyes

Roll over and turn out the light

I love you...

Roll over and turn out the light
Hide your face out of sight
When morning breaks will we be ok?

Roll over and turn out the light
Track Name: Covers
On the covers I lay wondering how I had found
On the pillow your face, wondering without a sound

Had settled for less than what I truly deserved?
Had I received your embrace heart in my chest yet reserved?

How did it, how did it, how did it end with you?
How did I, how did I, how did I cave into you?

This doubt, so unfair, you could love another as could I

On the covers I stay
On the covers I stay
Track Name: Window
Throw your window wide and cry
Oh! I can't go on
Throw your window wide and cry
Oh no!
Track Name: Armies
Like branches, we break
Like robbers, we take
Wrapping round each other
Simply for strength
We embrace like lovers
We're not there yet

Like armies, we face
Like courtiers, we grace
Sizing up each other
To win the race
We embrace like brothers
We're not there yet

When you walk all over me
I get so mad I can't speak
I retreat 'till you can't see
Democratic appeasement
Track Name: Slumber
You're asleep, dreaming, hoping
Silent, slumbering, corner
Meet me, inbetween, lover
Hold you, warm breath, shoulder
Cradled touching, pulsing
Cold night, outside locked door
Reconnect frayed lines, hold tight
I'm asleep, love you