Flyte and Bafta-Winner Mark Jenkin continue their collaboration with the remarkably beautiful video for “ Losing You,” another glimpse into Flyte’s LA adventure and 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.” Bait director Mark Jenkin has used his trademark hand-processed and physically edited film to produce a nostalgic narrative of lost love, interlaced with footage of the band during lockdown.
The band’s Will Taylor on the track: “Every detail of ‘Losing You’ is taken directly from the week after a breakup. We actually got back together and years later it ended again but this time the roles had been reversed. It felt strangely poignant singing a song that I was initially directing at someone who’d hurt me, to then turn it around and sing it back at myself. I don’t think Flyte was ready to take on this song until now. We were finally confident enough to just play the song and not add any extra production, and let the lyrics do all the talking. Andrew Sarlo wanted it to feel like the track never left the lonely bedroom. Like the band just came over, jammed out the song and that was that”.
Mark Jenkin said: “The idea for the aesthetic came from spooling through old VHS tapes in my studio and seeing the various layers of recordings reveal themselves. I liked the idea of an old black and white film having been partially recorded over with some home movie footage and the two then seeming to have a bit of a conversation with each other, despite being separated by time and place. Those strange accidental counterpoints only seem to exist in the analogue world. Digital footage of the band (shot by Tee Byford) was then repeatedly looped to VHS, with the colour bleeding and drifting with each new generation. The film element was shot on a Bolex, with the negative processed by hand, scanned, and copied to video tape.”