10 for 2014: #5 – Flyte

By on Monday, 9th December 2013 at 11:00 am
 

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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZZdVx7Ovu0[/youtube]

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.

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7 Responses

11:00 am
9th December 2013

10 for 2014: #5 – Hackney’s Flyte @Flyteband rose above all others from Hackney to start the second half of our list http://t.co/iPpYfpX0y9

5:29 pm
9th December 2013

RT @tgtf: 10 for 2014: #5 – Hackney’s Flyte @Flyteband rose above all others from Hackney to start the second half of our list http://t.co/…

5:30 pm
9th December 2013

RT @tgtf: 10 for 2014: #5 – Hackney’s Flyte @Flyteband rose above all others from Hackney to start the second half of our list http://t.co/…

6:32 pm
9th December 2013

RT @tgtf: 10 for 2014: #5 – Hackney’s Flyte @Flyteband rose above all others from Hackney to start the second half of our list http://t.co/…

8:02 pm
9th December 2013

10 for 2014: #5 – Flyte http://t.co/kPFGl88Pdm via @tgtf

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