Much of what was special about their previous band, Rags & Ribbons, remains. Each musician (guitarist Ben Weyerhaeuser, keyboardist Jonny Hicks and drummer Chris Neff) contributes to the song-writing. Notably, all three members trade off lead vocal duties. Most of their songs weave all three voices together at once, a symphonic assault of emotive melodies and harmonies which often reach a compelling choral crescendo.
No surprise Arkivist’s members have classical and music theory backgrounds. Their neo-progressive pop melds modern sensibility with classical textures not heard by many new bands these days. It’s not a stretch to compare them to classic music gods of yore like Queen and more current purveyors of innovative, alt-pop like Foals and Phantogram.