Aro (Charles and Emily Looker) are an amalgamation of stories in song expressing the people, the culture and the land of Aotearoa. Love defines this couple, and their musicianship is their signature.
Charles and Emily met studying music at Auckland University in 2014, and two years later they were married, becoming the ‘Lookers’ and their musical duo, Aro, was born. The pair have both been writing music for several years. Emily, formerly miss Rice, released her single ‘Moab’ along with her debut EP ‘Find me Here’ in 2015, and followed this release with her Psalm influenced EP ‘A Little Salt’ written and recorded in Berlin. She was also half of the duo ‘We Stole the Sun’ with Sam Burrows (Fends). Charles has also written numerous songs, some based on Psalms, and often songs that address social issues that he is incredibly passionate about.
The pair are about to release their single ‘A Hymn of Faith’, a song inspired by Habakkuk 3:17-19. The lyrics are simply taken straight from this verse, and they have paired them with an equally rich arrangement and instrumentation. The song takes the listener on a journey, going from a place of acknowledging the fact that it can be really difficult sometimes, but then comes the hope, which is found in the joy of The Lord -“Yet, I will rejoice in The Lord”.
The Lookers have recently released their debut Aro EP (28/07/2017) and are about to head into full time music at the end of 2017. A national summer tour is approaching and they will continue working on their next set of songs which will create the ‘Manu’ Album mid 2018.
This is their first single together, ‘A Hymn of Faith’.