Let Aquilo Guide You Through the Stages of Love Lost
Midnight is stripped, withered with ardency, like a heart bleeding itself dry—all thanks to Aquilo. The EP’s visionary pair—Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher—are behind the transparent piano and aching vocals that might nostalgically wash over you. Minimalistic touches of strings and production get added here and there as well, to complete their emphatic charm. Midnight is like a note of commiseration made for the rejected. Even if the breakup that inspired this collection of songs was mutual, it gravitates more to a dumpee’s perspective and disposition. Because like a domino effect, the songs follow each other, breaking down the stages of a break up, making us, the listeners, the shadows.
Glass is a common; yet perfect metaphor for a relationship. A beautiful, fragile thing, at least one and the other (if reciprocated) can hold. In my eyes, “I Gave It All” is Post-Breakup Stage One, explaining how one person—the dumpee—can only hold up this “glass” without the other person’s help for so long before it breaks. The fake smiles of the past eventually catch up with the other person, urging him or her to let go. So last, the dumpee, who ends up ruined from such weight and burden, expects this to be the other’s mistake so he or she can salvage the relationship.
Post-Breakup Stage Two—“Waiting” follows the breakup during a period of no contact. The distance grows exponentially with the dumpee’s desire for his or her ex to come sprawling back into open arms. Light used to be the love; however, now fades from picture with the dumpee.
Post Breakup Stage Three—“Almost Over” indicates more weakness and fake smiles, now coming from the dumpee.
Post Breakup Stage Four—“It All Comes Down to You”—is when the limbo feelings start to become old and pessimistic long after the relationship’s fallout. A second chance can only afford short-lived pleasure, instead of long-termed happiness. Silence continues to erase the memories. And by now, the dumper can only redeem what is lost due to the dumpee’s hopelessness.
Wrapping up Midnight is “I Don’t Want to See It,” the Final Post-Breakup Stage. The dumpee shares a sense of time, effort, and dignity robbed. The opening of the can of worms just keeps getting peeled and his obsession has fully possessed his mind. The dumpee experiences withdrawal with an almost similar intensity to a drug. And the center helplessly beats on and on, weakening into a flatline on the monitor for us to know it’s already gone.