Imagine an alternative pop version of the beautiful harmonies of indie-folk band Of Monsters and Men and you'll arrive somewhere along the lines of Southend's ARCAVES. Formed in the back of a broken down-car in Sweden, the band won Essex Undiscovered in 2015 and have since supported Nothing But Thieves and Coasts, and been named Sound of 2017 by BBC Introducing Essex - not a bad list of accolades, right?
Their first release of the year comes in the form of the oxymoron-ically titled Familiar Stranger, a track combining soul, pop, trip-hop and indie rock with some great vocal harmonies. Singer and guitarist Billy Wright explains that the track is "kind of a realisation about the timing of relationships [...] about how you can't force or restart something once it's run its course."
The band are busy working on their forthcoming album, whilst also curating Oxjam in Southend (if you're nowhere near Southend then you'll be sure to find an Oxjam event closer to you later in the year, usually in October.) They are also playing at the London Bridge Summer city Festival as well as numerous festivals around the country to support the new track. Give ARCAVES a like on Facebook to keep track of album progress and their upcoming shows!