ARVO was the project of Sydney-siders Deborah Gray and Roy Nicolson. In the early Eighties Gray was playing, writing and touring as a solo artist in Australia & offshore, securing a record deal and touring with her band in Germany until 1983. Nicolson had also spent time aboard and between 1977 and 1982 worked as synth programmer and session musician in the UK, collaborating with producers such as Trevor Horn and Barry Blue.
Having both spent time in Europe, beguiled by the continent's liberated synth-pop textures, each musician returned Down-under to discover a still doggedly rock orientated landscape. Undeterred, Gray looked to build on the interest in her solo material, by CBS New York, by imagining a sophisticated visual and electronic duo alternative. She found musical partnership with Nicolson and his Sydney home studio, where an album's worth of demos were written and formed by the new duo that they named ARVO