Indie-Folk Band Flyte Shares the Delicate New Single “Speech Bubble”
August 11, 2023 BY Jason Currell
Today, British band Flyte shares the intimate “Speech Bubble,” the third single from their newly announced third album, the self-titled Flyte, set for release on October 27th via Nettwerk. A sparse track with gentle acoustic strums and soft piano, “Speech Bubble,” features delicate harmonies from Will Taylor and Nick Hill.
Continuing the theme of love letters within a relationship, the band describes the song as “a plea for love in all it’s simplicity, empathy, joy, sadness and darkness will be the cure.” Recorded through a single microphone, sat on the floor, the song captures wistful simplicity.
Having led Barn On The Farm’s “Farm Band’ at this year’s independent festival, Flyte had 10 minutes to rehearse Neil Youngs “Old Man” with Norwegian pop star Sigrid, before playing it in front of thousands of fans, alongside Will Taylor’s partner Billie Marten and alt-pop artist Ber. It was clear that Flyte have established themselves as an influential mainstay in music culture, gaining notable fans from Florence Pugh to Paul Mescal, Bon Iver to Madison Cunningham and even Lewis Capaldi for their crafted and confessional writing style. Now the duo announce their biggest UK and Ireland tour to date, from Belfast to Manchester, culminating at London’s KOKO on 12 December. Singer and guitarist Will Taylor and bassist and vocalist Nick Hill continually inspire musicianship onstage by inviting their artist community on tour, having sold out Lafayette in minutes last year, and Shepherds Bush Empire. Flyte have welcomed everyone from Bombay Bicycle Club, Holly Humberstone, The Staves and Mystery Jets to perform alongside them, whilst the duo are regarded as one of the UK’s greatest lyrical talents, penning songs with artists including Sigrid, Madison Cunningham, Miya Folick, Courtney Marie Andrews and poet Simon Armitage.
Taylor and Hill met at secondary school, eventually settling in Hackney, London. Taylor’s parents were both English teachers and inevitably, various literary influences trickled into the duo’s music – the band taking its name from Sebastian Flyte of Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Brideshead Revisited’. Flyte released critically acclaimed ‘The Loved Ones’ in 2017, recorded with Burke Reid (Julia Jacklin, Courtney Barnett) in the Australian outback, which explored the ways in which people struggle to process love. The album’s crafted storytelling and ambitious harmonic arrangements earned it the title “Best British debut of the year” from the Sunday Times.
Following the emotive 2019 EP ‘White Roses’ featuring The Staves on the title track, their 5* (Independent) second album ‘This Is Really Going To Hurt’ (2021), took them out to Los Angeles to work with Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver). This brought out a more simplistic and confessional approach in their writing style and focused entirely on the aftermath of a break up. Flyte have teamed back up with Sarlo, this time in London’s famous Konk Studios, to record their most confident and collaborative work to date, releasing through record label Nettwerk (Miya Folick, Matt Maltese).
Flyte in the Press…
“…a rockin’ little indie folk-rock track… good performance, good vocal chemistry…”
– Anthony Fantano, The Needle Drop
“The song snaps with electronic percussion and looping piano under confessional lyrics.”
“…a steadily chugging but understated indie-pop tune that smartly intensifies near the end…”
“… the band once again inhabiting a bright and charming mode, guided by some breezy guitar work and dreamy percussion…”
– Under the Radar
“Flyte’s latest offering builds on their unique approach to sentimental balladry…”
– Glide Magazine
“The dark heart at the core of Flyte’s alt-folk meets its match in one of music’s edgiest operators”.
– The Sunday Times
01. Speech Bubble
03. Press Play
04. Don’t Forget About Us
05. Perfect Dark
06. Even On Bad Days
07. Tough Love ft. Laura Marling
09. Chelsea Smiles
10. Better Than Blue
11. Bedtime Reminder
Flyte 2023 US Tour Dates:
With Rayland Baxter:
Oct 21 Columbus, OH Woodlands Tavern
Oct 22 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Iron Works
Oct 23 Toronto, ON The Horseshoe Tavern
Oct 24 Pittsburgh, PA Thunderbird Café
Oct 26 Portland, ME Portland House of Music
Oct 27 New York, NY Webster Hall
Oct 28 Washington, DC The Howard
Oct 29 Charlottesville, VA The Jefferson
Nov 3 Saxaphaw, NC Haw River Balloon
Nov 4 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Nov 5 Knoxville, TN Bijou
Nov 7 Memphis, TN 1884
Nov 8 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
Nov 9 Davenport, IA Raccoon Motel
Nov 10 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
Nov 11 Minneapolis, MN Varsity