Artio: ‘Sedative’ / EP Review
Leeds-based Artio consists of Hol Brazill, Ieuan Jones, and Matty Hambling. The synth-pop trio released their debut EP Sedative, collectively written and produced by themselves. Across the five tracks, themes of identity, self-determination, female empowerment and mental health are touched. Brazill describes the record as “incredibly personal”.
While listening to the full EP, the first thing that struck me was a similarity with vocalist Brazill and Pvris’ Lynn Gunn; from the execution of the emotions to the varying capacities. Sedative opens with ‘If We Don’t Speak Again’, and the emotion is felt by the listener so strongly. It’s the final straw, and despite the darkness of the melody, it feels like you made the decision yourself to let go of something negative. Following is Artio’s debut track as a band and leading single ‘Blood Brother’, opening with drippy synths and illustrating longing and unsteadiness. I felt that ‘Safety’ was perfectly placed in the middle of the EP, breaking from the initial tracks with a gentle guitar introduction. It’s a wholesome track, and I think if you can relate to it, you can feel the overall warmth radiating from it. Out of all the tracks, ‘The Silence’ is probably my favourite. From beginning to end, the power and energy are pulsating. The track ‘Sedative’ closes the EP and it’s the perfect ending, including every essence that a synth-pop track needs. The lyrics “It cannot break me if I feel at home in my own skull” describes the EP as a whole, with every track leading to that final understanding.
Despite being a new band who had their first gig this past March, Artio has already received support from BBC Introducing. On the day of the Sedative release, they headlined in Hyde Park Book Club in support of the EP and all proceeds went towards Martin House Children’s Hospice.
Written by Eethan Bello