The tender sounds of Quiet Arches have solidified this recently formed project of Henry Charles and John Arthur as an artistic duo with an impressive amount of potential. The London-based project came together in mid-2018, backed by an intricate knowledge of sound production, borrowing influence from artists such as The xx and James Blake to create an intimate indie pop sound. Quiet Arches are now out with their single “It Comes and Goes,” a song facing the struggles of anxiety and depression.
Stripped back from its outset, vocalist Henry Charles opens up with an almost husky howl. The sensitivity of his voice works in perfect unison with soft and short guitar notes which ripple throughout.
“I’m lost at sea, hoping to see the sand.”
Metaphors of vast oceans capture senses of helplessness found in the unpredictability anxieties may sometimes heap upon the individual, and Quiet Arches deals with this in a powerful way. There is no romanticizing here, nor any downplaying; instead the raw sounds display for themselves the vulnerabilities hiding deep, and forms them as an impressive work.