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“The missing link between ‘Von’-era Sigur Ros and the more experimental leanings of Explosions In The Sky”
Drowned in Sound

“A brilliant melange of catchy vocal lines and droning, grunge fuzz a la F*ck Buttons. A thing of beauty.”
The Line of Best Fit (premiere for ‘Factory’ single)

Flights of Helios are a space rock/drone folk band based in Oxford, UK. Following a run of single releases including ‘Succubus’ and ‘Factory’, they released their debut album ‘Endings’ in February 2018.

Flights of Helios blend timeless folk themes with their own ruminations on the natural and supernatural worlds, and using innovative vocal processing and expansive post rock arrangements create a musical landscape truly their own. Musically they’re inspired by both future-channeling artists (e.g. Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Radiohead, Spiritualized) and those weaving traditional music into new forms (The Unthanks, Sheila Chandra, Fairport Convention). Spiritually they’re still processing festival nights of young adulthood spent floating at the end of their airlines; the unifying thread in the Flights of Helios sound is the search for a return to those liberated, head-spinning times.

Four self-released singles plus a committed live presence have resulted in festival bookings for BBC Introducing at Glastonbury, Wilderness and Truck, and airplay on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, Amazing Radio and Radio X.  In addition the band has soundtracked landmark 1920s animated film ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ under commission from University of Oxford, contributed to modern folk compilation ‘The Food Of Love Project’ alongside Stornoway and Alasdair Roberts, and performed with Mercury-nominated folk artist Sam Lee.

Flights of Helios are delighted to release debut album ‘Endings’ on 19th February 2018. Recorded over three years with veteran engineer Richard Neuberg, ‘Endings’ captures the pindrop-to-apocalypse dynamics of the group while showcasing their songwriting craft. In January 2018 The Line of Best Fit selected ‘Cartographer’ from the album as Song Of The Day writing, The sonic experimentation that has become their trademark compliments the original [by sonic inspirations Bleeding Heart Narrative] beautifully”. With further recordings near completion Flights of Helios a bold itinerary that will presen new music and other creations to their fans throughout 2018.

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Personnel: Chris Beard (vocals/bass guitar), Phil Hanaway-Oakley (vocals/bass guitar/ukulele), Harriet Butler (keyboards), James Currie (drums), James Maund (guitars), Sian Lloyd-Pratchett (violin).