Flyte have shared an acoustic version of their latest single “Losing You.”
The band’s frontman Will Taylor on the video that accompanies the single:
“We’d gone with a film crew up to a remote spot in Yorkshire. The plan was to play a live version of ‘Losing You’ in this beautiful clearing with the sun going down. But when the moment came, the sky was dark and it was pissing it down with rain. The microphones couldn’t get wet and we were seriously worried about the film crew and the horribly expensive camera we’d managed to borrow.
So right at the last minute we decided we’d move under the trees and record the performance with our iPhone memo apps in our jacket pockets and hope for the best.
Looking back at the footage it’s like a beautiful dream, the rain and the mist makes it feel like a scene out of a Studio Ghibli film. It would have been so boringly beautiful with a golden sunset, thank god for the rain.”
“Losing You” is another glimpse into Flyte’s LA adventure and was produced by Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver). A delicate account of heartbreak written years ago by lead singer Will Taylor, it was only until the band brought the song to Andrew that they had the confidence to record it and create something that felt like it “never left the lonely bedroom.”
Last year, the three secondary school friends from Winchester; Will Taylor, Jon Supran and Nick Hill released their White Roses EP, featuring a stunning collaboration from The Staves, with production from long-time collaborator Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, Julia Jacklin) and Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, The National). The band welcomed Jess Stavely Taylor of the Staves to play with them at their Omeara and Village Underground headlines, adding a whole new dimension to their trademark vocal harmonies. The EP release was followed by an extensive US tour with Jade Bird, where the band recorded covers from artists linked to American cities from Nashville to Chicago; Judy Collins to Elliot Smith, which they have reposted as odes to live music during quarantine; “Almost every state had an artist we truly loved who was from there,” Will said in a recent interview with Evening Standard.
Flyte 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 with producers Justin Raisen (Angel Olsen, Ariel Pink), Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver) and Ali Chant (Aldous Harding) on mixing duties. LA was 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.