EP Review: Arthur Beatrice's "Carter EP" [Free Stream]

Catherine Eklund

by Catherine Eklund

Published August 11, 2013

Making their way across the pond is electronic pop band Arthur Beatrice. Based in London, the group consisting of Orlando Leopard, Ella Girardot, Elliot and Hamish Barnes, recently released their debut, Carter EP. After releasing two singles "Charity" and "Midland" in 2012 and receiving some deserved attention, the band is now preparing to release a full-length album, giving us a taste of what's to come with Carter.

The band's debut consists of four polished songs that are sure to enrapture the mind. Dive right into the groups' unique sound with "Butcher's Hook." Full of whirly atmospheric keys and synths and Ella Girardot's wistful vocals, "Butcher's Hook" serves as an "upbeat" introduction to the EP.

Arthur Beatrice released "Carter (Cut)" as a single, earlier this summer, with a music video to go along with it. The track demonstrates Ella Girardot's theatrical and melancholic vocal style. In "Carter (Cut)" her cooing vocals somehow have the ability to sound frenzied and calm at the same time.

Orlando Leopard croons in standout track, "Vandals." Backed by subtle percussion and a few minor chords, Leopard shines. He is soon joined harmoniously by Girardot. Simply put, "Vandals" is a beautiful entrancing piece of work.

The last track on is a Maths Time Joy remix of "Carter (Cut)." The minimalist remix begins with a simulation of rain mixing in some chopped up vocals. UK producer, Maths Time Joy, strips away most of the piano chords, adding some funky synths. Although it's nothing special, it places an electronic spin on the bands' enchanting sound.

Arthur Beatrice's hard to define sound touches upon the likes of indie duo Rhye, intertwining elements of R&B, electronic, and pop with sensual vocals and airy instrumentation. Carter is a must listen.


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