Oxford space-pop/shoegaze quintet Flights of Helios combine spiralling, caustic electronica with reverb-drenched post-rock guitar drones and heart-stopping vocals.
Flights of Helios have played Glastonbury 2014 (BBC Introducing), Artrocker New Blood, Wilderness and Truck festivals. Single Factory has been played on 6Music (Steve Lamaqc), XFM (John Kennedy) and Amazing Radio (Simon Raymonde).
“Fantastic … worth keeping your ears peeled for”
“The missing link between Von-era Sigur Ros and the more experimental leanings of Explosions In The Sky – ACE”
– Drowned in Sound
“A brilliant melange of catchy vocal lines and droning, grunge fuzz”
– The Line of Best Fit, track premiere for Factory
“Exceptional and odd, bringing evocative hints of Elysian 60’s pop like the Zombies to some serenely medicated Spiritualized passages”
“Simultaneously warm, sinister and steeped in musicological exploration, a chilly reflection of the sunnier exploits of fellow Oxford artists”
– Music in Oxford
Having performed at major UK festivals including Glastonbury 2014 at the invitation of BBC Introducing and with national radio play and an enthusiastic press following, Oxford’s Flights of Helios prepare to unleash their debut full-length in 2017.
Flights of Helios come on like a storm. Drowned in Sound weren’t far off the mark when they described the band as the missing link between Sigur Ros and Explosions In The Sky, but it’s Flights of Helios’ eclecticism and ear for a pop hook (think Flaming Lips/ Mercury Rev) that sets them apart from the post-rock, drone core crowd. There’s a dark stripped-down surge to 6Music-aired single ‘Factory’ that recalls Drum’s Not Dead-era Liars, while live favourite ‘Funeral’ combines gothic melodrama a la vintage Nick Cave with an expansive Spiritualized-inspired wall of sound.
Flights of Helios guide their songs – and beneath all the atmosphere they do have great songs, make no mistake – through thunderous soundscapes, squalls of electronic noise and over dark undercurrents of threatening-yet-beautiful synthesiser drones. Drums thunder and twitch, and through it all there are soaring, incantatory vocal hooks and melodies.
Their live shows are intense, bruising affairs that veer between the exhilarating and the devotional and often take place in unconventional venues including churches, art galleries and museums such as Oxford’s world-famous Ashmolean. The band are restless souls who collaborate prolifically; they are known for their remixes of other artists’ work, have live-soundtracked one of the oldest surviving animated films The Adventures of Prince Achmed, and have worked with Mercury-nominated folk artist Sam Lee.
Flights of Helios’ uncompromising determination to plough their own furrow has been rewarded with enthusiasm from high-profile fans including Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music, Huey Morgan on BBC Radio 2 and Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde on Amazing Radio. They are currently finalising their debut album with producer Richard Neuberg of deathfolk underground favourites Viarosa.
Profile by Abe Davies
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