Aquilo: Never Seen You Get So Low
Most people conflate intimacy with sexuality. “Never Seen You Get So Low,” by British duo Aquilo, is a reminder that it doesn’t always have to be that way. Aquilo have constructed a brilliant track using empathy, rather than sexuality, as it’s core. This is not a song for the club, this is a song for your sad uber home. With sparse instrumentation centered around an ethereal keyboard melody and a subtle but pulsing beat, Aquilo offer their advice: “You should cut the thread./ Remember when I said/ Bridges can burn for you?/ Wouldn’t you like them to?/ I’ve never seen you get so low./ I’ve never seen you get so low.” On paper these word come off as an admonishment, but when whisper-sung by Aquilo they take a much gentler tone. With enough listens, the song’s message shifts from one of despair to one of hope. Whatever it is that’s bringing us down, whether it be a break up or a bad habit, we can leave it behind. We should all be so lucky to have someone like Aquilo in our lives.