Winchester formed trio Flyte hold a soft spot in many people’s hearts, even more so since the release of the incredibly raw and poignant Easy Tiger back in early May.
The track, which is the first we’ve heard from the band in 2020, was born from a twenty-minute voice note recorded by lead singer Will Taylor following a painful breakup, and no doubt strikes a chord with the vast majority of listeners. It’s the first to surface from a forthcoming new album, something which comes as great relief to the trio. “It’s as if we’ve been holding on to this secret and we’re finally allowed to share a little bit of it with the world.”
But relief aside, how does releasing new music in current times compare to the normality of 2019? “Well it’s a strange time for doing almost anything right now. It doesn’t feel quite as tangible somehow. But this song is such a cloistered, introverted track that it couldn’t have come out in a more appropriate time.”
“On top of that, it’s hard not to feel whatever you do is somewhat trivial, given the current magnitude of the cultural and political landscape. You just have to hope that during a time like this, something smaller and more personal, like this song, can still help people to feel less alone.”
And that it does, in a time where loneliness and separation anxiety is massively amplified, the need for new music and relatable lyrical content is at an all time high. Flyte are renowned for their rich melodies and luscious vocal arrangements, something which translates into incredibly soothing material in such stressful times.
More of that is promised in this forthcoming new album. “It (Easy Tiger) certainly is a good indicator of what’s to come: a break up album! But musically it’s so varied, I’d say there are plenty of surprises in there. Every song has a very distinct personality.”
Said personality shines bright in Easy Tiger, something which is perhaps enhanced by its coinciding video, directed by BAFTA winning director Mark Jenkin. “It was such a surprise that he was up for working with us that the first few times we chatted I definitely found it hard not to fanboy! We had long chats about cinema together, which was a joy. The end result was so dark and enigmatic, it bolstered the song perfectly. We got really lucky there.”
Throughout 2020, the band have been learning to adapt and develop not just to a changing industry, but a change in the band too. “We’ve been embracing being a trio rather a quartet, after Sam’s departure last year. We had Jess (the Staves) join us live, when we were touring that EP, which was the perfect way to readjust. But really we’ve been realising how much stronger we are as a three, how much freer we feel creatively. Not that he was holding us back in that department, it’s just something about the power of three. That, combined with the change of scenery in recording and touring out in the States- we’re rejuvenated, fresher than ever.”
Now settled in a lockdown London, Flyte remain busy, yet in a similar mindset to the majority of us. “Rediscovering London by bike has been a big one. Reading rather than watching has been a healthy shift. Writing 20 songs in 20 days with a collection of songwriter friends of ours was a rare period of productivity early on in quarantine! But mostly a great deal of slacking off, getting incredibly anxious and depressed- just the usual stuff really.”
If past works and Easy Tiger are anything to go by, Flyte’s second album promises to be a soundtrack for sore minds. This is a band with an unrivalled ability for both songwriting and arranging; one deeply underrated and deserving of a big break; here’s hoping that album two brings the trio the attention they are long overdue.