Winter brings sorrows and much joy. The bombs falling in Syria are a pertinent reminder of the savage, despicable self-interest at the heart of our dictatorial political framework. Not in our name. And the people who support it have either been brainwashed beyond use of their rational and empathetic minds, or are making such grotesque financial/political profits that the widespread bloodshed of innocent Syrian bystanders doesn’t even register as a hurdle to their ill-gotten gains. Not in our name.
On the plus side, we have art, beauty, sex, love, and much joy still. We were honoured and privileged to have performed a special set of our own material and christmas themed covers at the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot on 4th Dec. The major difference in our setup was me (Seb) playing acoustic piano, as opposed to my normal array of synths, effects, sounds and drones. It’s fascinating how the shift from our normal mechanics opens up our hearts and minds to new ways of imagining established material, and opens up space for more of an improvised approach to certain pieces. We are keen to try recording some of the material in this style, watch this space.
Talking of recording, our debut, still untitled, album is finally coming to completion. Our genius engineer/producer/mentor Mr Richard Neuberg has done a spectacular job of making sense of our lunacy, and the fruit of our labours will be shared at some point in 2016.
We are next performing at Modern Art Oxford this Sunday 13th Dec, as part of basementTV: The Set. Apparently it is being live streamed on the internet, so you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. Wonders of the ‘Modern Age’. https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/basement-tv-performance-the-set/
Have a great Christmas, and we will be in touch in the New Year with news of gigs for 2016.
All the best and much love
Seb + Flights of Helios
PS. We recorded our contribution to next year’s Shakespeare anniversary album at SAE Oxford in late November. Here are some photos of us with our gadgets. Entitled ‘Food of Love‘, the album will be released in April with a number of live dates.