Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham, or as they've been known since 201, Aquilo, grew up living directly across the road from each other in a small, quaint town called Silverdale. But, they didn't get to know each other until they found each other’s music on Soundcloud. Now, after four years of touring and recording as Aquilo, and 50 million streams on Spotify later, they've released their debut album Silhouettes.

The duo’s own brand of electronic pop is cinematic, which is unsurprising, as Ben and Tom were highly influenced by the scenic Lake District, where they grew up. Aquilo tried to represent their surroundings musically on the record, saying: “it only seemed right to let our home village and its scenery play a big part in the process.” Album opener ‘Silhouette’ it’s the best example of this, with it’s Sigur Ros-styled tranquillity, that suddenly erupts into cliff-crashing waves of choral chants and blistering crescendo.

Swirling soundscapes and digitally fractured electronics are rife. The juxtaposition of the orchestral and the synthesised is one of the key themes throughout the record, and when it works well. It creates a soaring euphoria, as in the galloping, SOHN-produced ‘Human’; but at times this sound fusion falls flat, as in the dreary ‘Almost Over’, which is just waiting to be the theme tune for the next Nicholas Sparks film.

The record’s at its best with it’s using fragmented and scattered beats, which add grit to what could be slushy romantic ballads. ‘Never Seen You Get So Low’ would be tooth-achingly saccharine without its syncopated snares and sultry bass line. Indeed, although ‘Low Light’ boasts a sing-a-long melody a la Kodaline, it’s not until the chattering synthesisers kick in halfway through that the track really reaches its potential. At times the record does err on the side of a romantic comedy soundtrack, as with the weepy ‘Waiting’; but the duo manage to pull it back on offerings like the slinky ‘Complicated’ with its dark disco riffs and slap bass line.

Silhouettes is a journey through the duo’s expansive sound. Although sometimes the journey gets bumpy, and Aquilo lose their way to sleepy filler, they always manage to find their way back to the dreamy, lush pop and rich electronic tapestries that makes part of this record such a triumph.