One of the most blogged about bands in the last week or so has to be Arctic Lake. And it's been justified, How Long Can You Stare is a breathtaking song. Sparse instrumentation opens the track with quietly impassioned vocals, and then builds to a noisy climax of soaring vocals, a ripping riff, and a drum kit begging for mercy.
The band describes their sound as a mixture of the beautiful aspects of Daughter and London Grammar with the raw sound of Arcane Roots and Explosions in the Sky. While I agree, I was reminded a bit of The xx in the opening, and then parts remind me a bit of Wolf Alice. Call it ambient, shoegaze, radio rock, or power pop if you want, it's just a really great song. All this as a first offering makes me anxious to hear what's next from the London based 3-piece. Listen and love it below.