Providence, RI art-pop trio Arc Iris fuses story-based songs with dense electronic and orchestral arrangements.
The group, which began as the solo project of Jocie Adams, formerly of The Low Anthem
includes keyboardist and sample artist Zach Tenorio-Miller and drummer Ray Belli. Arc Iris released its acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014 on ANTI/Bella Union. Subsequently, the band toured with artists such as St. Vincent
, Jeff Tweedy
and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
. The group’s sophomore record, “Moon Saloon,” released on Bella Union in August 2016, represents a natural progression from the first album’s whimsical explorations and energetic diversity. Produced by the group and mixed by electronic producer David Wrench of FKA twigs
and Jamie xx
fame, “Moon Saloon” showcases beat-heavy melodies and textural, groove-riding rhythms. Following the release of “Moon Saloon,” the band toured a complete re-imagination of Joni Mitchell
’s ‘Blue’. In late 2017, Arc Iris teamed up with Guster
’s lead singer, Ryan Miller to form the offshoot band, Bwahaha, and in early 2018, Arc Iris joined Kimbra
on her North American tour.