Often praised for their vulnerable lyrics and invigorating music, Arctic Lake are well-versed in relating to others. Tastemakers like Atwood Magazine are fascinated by the London-based duo’s ability to mix the dark with the light, the internal with the external, calling their 2022 EP, side by side we lie awake, a “shiver-inducing collection of stirring alt-pop ready to break our hearts and mend our souls.” This ability to tap into a wide array of feelings and sensations also translates to Arctic Lake’s collaborations with DJs and producers like Lane 8, Boris Brejcha, and ZHU, the latter of which reached number 16 on the Hot Dance / Electronic Songs chart with “Yours.” It can be difficult to connect with others, however, as personal, professional, and social time can be hard to split. Arctic Lake tell us about this on their new single, “Are You Okay?”
On “Are You Okay?” Arctic Lake explore their interpersonal relationships. Throughout the track, we hear about the importance of making time for others and making sure all is good, Emma Foster’s effortless vocals conveying these messages with style and sophistication. Meanwhile, Paul Holliman moves the track along with a persistent groove and indie pop sensibilities, making it an outstanding addition the duo’s repertoire. You can check it out in the black and white visualizer below.
Giving us more details about “Are You Okay?” Emma shares,
“We wrote ‘Are You Okay?’ after our first trip to the U.S., where we had a whirlwind of sessions. I realized I had been so caught up in everything that I had completely checked out from the one person who meant the most to me. Today, we have all this technology connecting us and separating, all at once. Communicating should be easier than ever, but when you’re busy, connection is sometimes the first thing to close down. “
You can listen to “Are You Okay?” on platforms like Spotify, SoundCloud, and Apple Music.