Visionary indie-pop outfit Arlie has today released their nostalgic lite-rock new single “wait a minute” – out now via Atlantic Records (listen here). The new single poses the ultimate questions about life and our time on earth over a 1960s harmony that harkens back to the sounds of The Beach Boys and the early days of The Beatles. The song arrives with an official music video starring lead singer/songwriter/producer Nathaniel Banks and the entire band – Adam Lochemes, Carson Lystad, and Ryan Savage (watch here).
From Arlie’s leader Nathaniel –
“I wrote this song while I was still in college, and we’ve been playing it live since our first shows as Arlie. WAM was a response to a collage of musical sentiments and ideas I was consuming at the time, via existentialist writers like Camus and Dostoyevsky, along with The Beach Boys, The Kinks, and The Zombies. I actually got school credit for making the original demo of this song, as part of an independent study with one of my favorite professors, who is a mentor of mine and whose car is featured in the music video! I was thrilled to have a chance to reference Tom Sawyer’s funeral prank in a song about existentialism.
And the irony of singing “If it’s paradise that’s after life, I wonder why we waste our time on the world” over a 60s psychedelic / baroque-pop musical kaleidescope allows me to have a sense of humor about my own suffering — this song is a triumph, as long as you don’t take the advice of the speaker too literally.”
Today’s release follows last month’s “poppin” which arrived with an official music video shot in Los Angeles featuring roller skating influencer Nena (aka @ziggystardussttwhich) and “karma” which marked the first new music from Arlie since their breakthrough Wait EP, released in 2018