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As the nights start to draw in earlier and the chill begins to knuckle right into your bones, summer seems a long time ago. Wait, did we even have a summer? Indie romanticists, Flyte, certainly did. The alt poppers from London are here to spread some love and summery vibes. We caught up with them ahead of their forthcoming tour with songstress Lucy Rose. “We got into music early on,” explains lead singer Will Taylor. “It was a way of defining yourself at school.” He adds, “and it helped with getting girls to fancy you.” Will continues: “Jon and I have played together since we were seven. Nick was always in other bands growing up and he joined us much later on. “And then Sam fell out of the sky a few years ago and there was Flyte.” Since said ‘falling’ back in 2013, Flyte have gone from strength to strength. Subtly bold instrumentals manage to wiggle into the subconscious, with tracks “dictated by the groove”. Interesting though, they’ve been said to make music reminiscent of numerous eras - from “McCartney inspired” ‘False Alarm’s’ warm, caramelised vocals and downbeat 60’s mood to ‘Light Me Up’s’ 90’s chilled melody. Their debut single ‘We Are The Rain’ sits close on the heart, to pull at the strings. Sugary hooks and shimmering melodies kiss, creating a New Wave-esque feel that Jean-Luc Godard could direct a film to. Its sweet, come of age lyrics talk about hiding together through April showers and drinking cheap, warm beer whilst wearing fake sunglasses. With that the premises is set. A Flyte song pins with poignancy in the teenage heart. “I think it’s probably the juxtaposition of the groove and the content," says Will. "That’s what we aim for a lot. It’s a good recipe.” Talking about sleeping pills, loneliness and self-confidence on a contrasting uplifting rhythm, kitsch lyrics smooth across their back catalogue, wearing their hearts on their sleeve in declarations of love and loss. “You definitely have to be very open with each other and yourself," Will says. “Writing can be a lot like therapy. I’ll often have lyrics already there in the notebook and the best stuff will often come about from jamming in the studio.” Latest single ‘Please Eloise’ is all about the relationship between pop culture and body image. Lyrics pine: ‘Please please please, Eloise, don’t believe what you see in magazines.’ Toe tapping rhythm slinks against the retro sounding beats and husked vocal tones. “Love means wanting the person you love to see in themselves what you see in them. It can be frustrating when you see someone you love railing against who they really are and trying to be something that they’re not,” Will explains. The championing single was recorded completely live - just like the rest of the tracks on their eight-track tape. “We tried recording it bit by bit but it just wasn’t capturing what was happening in the live show," Will continues. “It sucked all the fun out of it for us. So in the end we just thought, fuck it lets record it live to our tape machine.
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