Coventry born and Nottingham based Robin Hearn and Liam Arnold started their musical journey in 2012 with the release of their debut EP ‘Forever For Now’ via influential British label Hot Flush.
The four tracks demonstrated the duo’s ability to combine intricate sounds with strong melodies, a lush mix of dense soundscapes and textures, providing a perfect backdrop for Liam’s haunting falsetto.
The soulful vocals drew comparisons to James Blake and their hazy style of electronica, rich with ambience hinted at the astral sounds of Boards of Canada and Mount Kimbie.
Now the masters of dreamy electronica ‘Shelter Point’ drop the first of two stunning new tracks ‘Serenity’ as a free download. [Check Below]
We had the opportunity to speak to Shelter Point about their exciting new projects:
OUR UNDERSTANDING IS THAT LIAM IS THE ACOUSTIC MUSICIAN, WHILE ROBIN IS THE MIXER / PRODUCER. IS THAT HOW IT WORKS?
When we started 3 years ago, that’s how it went, Liam would come round mine with an acoustic guitar and I’d make garage beats for him to sing on.
Since then we have grown as musicians and performers and the creative process is more streamlined and fluid, to the point where we both write songs and lyrics and we both mix and produce tracks.
Liam has never let me sing though.
HOW HAVE THINGS MOVED ON FOR YOU SINCE RECORDING “FOREVER FOR NOW”?
We wrote that EP in our first year university halls, all the vocals we’re recorded with a novelty karaoke microphone and we had to prop the mattress against the walls to dampen the sound of pre-drinks coming in, some of those sounds are still on the recording.
It was a very hazy time for us too, such is university life. Our heads are a lot clearer now, we’ve actually found a proper studio round the corner from our house which has been a blessing.
We both took some time off after the release to focus on other things, we moved back to Coventry, worked for a little while, but eventually ended up coming back up to Nottingham and living together again, we’re about 15 tracks deep into our album now.
WHY HAVE YOU RELEASED ‘SERENITY’ – FOR FREE?
We wanted to do a free release to make sure nothing came between the listeners and the music.
It had been so long since we had released anything, we didn’t want people to have to sign up to a mailing list, pay what they want, anything like that. We hope to do a few more releases like that before we have something a bit more physical to put in peoples hands.
TELL US ABOUT THE 14-PIECE ORCHESTRA NOTTINGHAM ROCKS SHOW – (THEATRE ROYAL NOTTINGHAM) …
We were asked to take part by the promoters, they do this show once every year with local Nottingham acts…a lot of people still think we’re born and raised Nottingham boys.
From what we’ve heard, the show is really special, we’ve being toying with some strings for our album so we’re very excited to see how it sounds live.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COMPARISONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BETWEEN YOU AND RADIOHEAD?
We think it’s brilliant, Radiohead is the only band that we can wholeheartedly agree on, since Liam is more influenced and inspired by the likes of singers such as Jeff Buckley, Chet Faker and Erykah Badu and I’m more inspired by electronic musicians like Aphex Twin, Actress and Burial.
We found Radiohead is the glue that holds us both together, holds everything in its right place if you will.
WE UNDERSTAND YOU STARTED A NIGHT AT THE LACEHOUSE IN NOTTINGHAM. HOW IS THE PROJECT GOING FOR YOU?
We had an idea to run a little night every Friday 13th, called Unlucky For Some at the time. We played with a few of our friends from Nottingham, Leah Sinead and her band Keto, and Kagoule.
It was a good show, with bands playing in the round and lot’s of pretty flashing lights everywhere, but we soon realized the next Friday the 13th is not until March next year, so I think we’re going to re-evaluate the concept a little bit.
WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR SHELTER POINT IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS?
We’re in the studio everyday developing ourselves, writing towards an album, chatting shit and pretending we never left school.
We will have a release out on October 6th, and maybe another EP somewhere in between but we’re not thinking too much into it, we’re just trying to write some songs.
DO YOU THINK YOU WILL EVER HAVE TO MOVE OUT AND AWAY FROM NOTTINGHAM TO REACH ANY OF YOUR GOALS?
We actually had to move back to Nottingham to reach our goals earlier this year.
Coventry doesn’t inspire anything, our hearts and families are still there, but it’s easy to leave a place like that behind. Maybe we’ll move out, we’re both a bit shit with the tube in London, so that wouldn’t work out. Besides it’s really cheap up here…
THANK YOU SHELTER POINT
Shelter Point were talking to: @neilmach © 2014