Garnering a reputation for extraordinary three part harmonies, performed in off-kilter spaces across the globe and amassing hundreds of thousands of views, Flyte share new song “Never Get To Heaven,” with a stunning live version performed in the forest at Blenheim Palace. It’s no surprise that the likes of Florence Pugh, Bon Iver, Paul Mescal and Lewis Capaldi are fans of a band, whose stripped back arrangements are as remarkable as their headline shows. The delicate “Never Get To Heaven” is lifted from Flyte’s next big body of work, and was recorded in LA earlier this year with collaborators Justin Raisen (Angel Olsen, Ariel Pink), Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver) and mixing engineer Ali Chant (Aldous Harding). First releases “Easy Tiger” and “Losing You” served as an introduction to a remarkably poignant breakup record, following a tumultuous year for singer Will Taylor.
“Funnily enough, I wrote this song aged 14. I remember thinking it would be a very clever and grown up exercise to reappropriate a chant from my stint in the scouts as an 8 year old. My 14 year old self, then advanced in years and wisdom, putting a post modern spin on a childish relic. Using it as a vehicle for all my pain and suffering, ha. Strangely, so very many years later, it had achieved it’s depth. It had become the perfect eulogy to the end of my adult relationship. An adolescent attempt at world weariness had become meaningful. For an album based entirely around a breakup, it’s a god’s-eye view, nursery rhyme that closes the album with the perfect quiet defiance” says Will.
In late September Flyte announced they’d be performing on London’s Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath with 24 hours notice. 300 fans attended (socially distanced) enjoying live music for the first time in months. As a continuation of creating intimate musical moments during lockdown, Flyte announced they’d be playing “Doorstep shows” to unsuspecting fans and have documented their journey on Instagram. You can watch here. Ardent film fans, throughout lockdown the trio also collaborated with Bafta winning director Mark Jenkins (Bait) on the visuals for “Easy Tiger” and “Losing You.” With lockdown their limitation, the band worked with Mark on finding archive footage which would tell the story of both tracks, and interweave romantic heartbreak into the narrative.
The three secondary school friends from Winchester; Will Taylor, Jon Supran and Nick Hill, are renowned for their complex and rich vocal arrangements and melodies, with lyrics steeped in literary imagery; The Sunday Times calling their acclaimed debut record The Loved Ones “The Best British debut album of the year,” but it was touring in California that recently took hold of their imagination. Inspired by their time in Laurel Canyon, the band recorded their next full-length record in LA, a much-needed new environment to confront the personally challenging subject matter written back home in London, and an opportunity to work with some of their musical heroes.