With the release of “All Mine” and “You,” the rising, British, experimental electro pop duo APRE — Charlie Brown (lead vocals, guitar, drums, keys, synths, bass and programming) and Jules Konieczny (backing vocals, keys, synths, bass, programming and drums — have exploded into the national scene, receiving critical applause from the likes of The Sunday Times, NME, DIY Magazine, Clash Magazine, Gigwise, The Line of Best Fit and Notion, as well as airplay from BBC Radio 1‘s Jack Saunders and Clara Amfo and BBC Radio 6′s Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson. Adding to a growing profile, the duo have opened for JOVM mainstay Sam Fender, Friendly Fires and Inhaler.
“All Mine” and “You” and “Waste My Time,” which I wrote about last month will all appear on the duo’s nine-track mixtape A001, which is slated for a February 1, 2022 release. The mixtape’s latest single “Your Eyes” is a mid tempo bop centered around glistening synth arpeggios, a relentless motorik groove, a steady backbeat with hand clapped accents, shimmering guitars, an infectious, two step-inducing hook and Brown’s aching and wearied delivery describing an exhausting and dysfunctional relationship that they’re beginning to question — and beginning to regret.
“This was inspired by a close friend’s dysfunctional relationship and observing its constantly messy nature with arguments over nothing,” ARPE’s Charlie Brown explains. “Being in a relationship can sometimes be the loneliest time in your life, when the other person is reluctant to work with you to nurture it and care for it, but it’s the scariest prospect realising that in the long-term you would be better off without them. It’s a leap of faith not many are willing to take.”