Flyte are a four-piece, arch guitar-pop band from Hackney, and, in common with most of our 10 for 2014 bands, are early in their career and as such have recorded only a handful of songs. However, one of those songs is ‘Over And Out’, a piece of guitar pop so perfect that it could be the pinnacle of many a band’s career. That it’s the first track on their first EP speaks volumes about Flyte’s potential. For 3 minutes, it sits cross-legged in your eardrums, tickling them with jauntily-twanged guitars, Will Taylor’s characteristically piping, crisply-enunciated voice, and one of the finest chord shifts in music – minor IV to major VII. Stylistically, we’re talking crisp, white-boy funk, straight outta 1983, perhaps with a bit of ’90s college radio blended in there for good measure. As an example of just how well these boys can play, check out this Portobello Road video. ‘Over And Out’ starts 6 minutes in, and if anything the song sounds better stripped down, the live close harmony vocals shining through. An impeccable, thrilling performance.
Elsewhere on their ‘Live’ EP, Flyte are still quite happy in ’80s-land but this time, the synths are out, washing and squelching away as if played by Kavinsky himself. There’s a pre-chorus which could justifiably be called epic, and a brilliantly understated chorus. The recording is a delicious mixture of subtle detail and an ambitious, soaring arrangement: these guys really can play. And they’ve genuinely only just got started on their musical career, with only a handful of gigs to their name, a handful of recorded songs, and enormous untapped potential. Without doubt, one to watch for 2014.
By Mary Chang on Sunday, 8th December 2013 at 6:00 pm
In the new promo video for their song ‘Lost Kitten’, Metric follow a gay cross-dresser around Mexico City. But that’s my far too simple explanation for going on here. Better for the band to describe it than me:
In Rawal’s reimagining of the archetypal heroic journey, Sheldon embarks on a mysterious pilgrimage through Mexico City and into the canal maze of Xochimilco on a flat-bottomed trajinera in search of his house mother, an “angel” in his memories. Upon reaching his destination, Sheldon delivers an epic vogueing performance (!) to celebrate his spiritual reunion with the maternal. His massive on-screen presence is only amplified by his bold attire: sequined jacket and kitten heels.
By Mary Chang on Sunday, 8th December 2013 at 10:00 am
You Me at Six‘s new video is for ‘Fresh Start Fever’, the second single from their forthcoming fourth album ‘Cavalier Youth’ out on the 27th of January 2014. Hot wheels, love, conflict – this video has it all. Watch it below.
By Mary Chang on Saturday, 7th December 2013 at 6:00 pm
Here is Spring Offensive‘s new video for ‘The River’, a track that features on the Oxfordians’ debut album ‘Young Animal Hearts’, out soon we hope. This was filmed by Matt and Lucas from the band, brooding yet majestic, shot in black and white. Watch it below.
By Mary Chang on Saturday, 7th December 2013 at 10:00 am
David Bowie‘s latest video is for “the Venetian mix” of ‘I’d Rather Be High’, which appears on the now available deluxe edition of his album released in March, ‘The Next Day’. The spliced together bits of old footage of war and wartime might give you a headache, just saying. Watch it below.
By Mary Chang on Friday, 6th December 2013 at 6:00 pm
It helps that I have an elephantine memory. This works in your favour if you’re in a band, you’ve sent us music and I’ve liked it. Because I will remember. Case in point: in October 2011, I got an email tipping me off about an unsigned London band called Edit/Select. Dutifully, I headed to their Facebook to have a listen to them. Even then, I was impressed enough to like their page and bookmark it to keep an eye on their ongoing professional progress.
Two years later, I’m pleased to announce they’ve self-released their debut EP, ‘Lungs’, which you can purchase from their Bandcamp. And here is the video for the title track. The band have told me they’ve been compared to U2, and I can totally see that with this song: with a guitar intro sounding like the Edge’s in ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ and sweeping vocals so grand (but sounding way better than Bono), I will bet they will be coming through as a singalong to a festival near you next summer. Keep an eye on this band, as I hope they’ll be snapped up by a label any day now. Watch the part performance, part soap promo video for ‘Lungs’ below.