Indie Edition 12" Blue Vinyl
In late 2018, UK indie sensations Flyte were riding high off a successful US tour and a string of well-received releases including their breakthrough LP The Loved Ones. The band began the process of writing a follow-up, which became the White Roses EP, but the months following were wrought with behind-the-scenes turmoil including personal issues, break-ups and even the exit of founding keyboardist/guitarist Sam Berridge. After some retooling and reflection during a tour in support of the EP, Flyte refocused their efforts on a new batch of material that would channel those recent feelings of loss, regret and catharsis towards the studio in early 2020.
“Easy Tiger,” the subject of a video by BAFTA-winning director Mark Jenkin, is the first track to emerge from those sessions. The latest single from the London-based outfit is an ethereal and serene track driven by a melancholic acoustic guitar riff, while an eerie ambient backdrop and string accompaniment via Derek Stein (Grammy-nominated Wild Up, Yves Tumor) adds a layer of depth rarely seen in this age of cheap synth plug-ins and home recording. Recalling the eclectic approach
of You Forgot It In People-era Broken Social Scene and the emotional punch of works by Will Sheff (Okkervil River), “Easy Tiger” feels timeless while rooted in the now– a well-crafted production via Justin Raisen (Angel Olsen, Ariel Pink, Kim Gordon) punctuates Flyte’s old school approach to songwriting with modern touches.