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Arctic can refer to two bands.

1. ARCTIC is an electropsych/space-rock band from Vancouver, Canada, formed in 2001.
2. Arctic is a rock band from Brisbane, Australia, formed in 2007.
3. Arctic is bass/grime producer James Black from Melbourne, Australia.


1. ARCTIC draws much of its sonic inspiration from the vast expanses of the northern landscape where frontman Marcus Martin was raised. Growing up in Yellowknife, Martin would join his father, a pilot, on trips to remote settlements and camps in the Northwest Territories of Canada. “There are some things that stick in your mind forever like a first concert, a first date, a first prize,” recalls Martin. “For me it was the first time I truly saw the world from the front seat of a DC3 plane, looking at the endless openness of the north, its beauty, its shape, its air, its syncopation with all that existed in its hands.”

Martin’s flightpath carried him to Toronto, where he honed his skill as a guitarist in styles from acid jazz to heavy metal. The coastal beauty of Vancouver drew him west in 2002, and ARCTIC emerged from the rain as his solo project. Using a looper and effects to sample and layer his live guitar performance, drawing from diverse and contrasting influences, he developed his own distinctive style of haunting and evocative melodies and textures that the Georgia Straight would later call “the most captivating oddity to come out of Vancouver this year”.


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