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Upcoming release – ‘Redness of Blood’

‘Redness of Blood’ will be the first release from ‘Cantat Ergo Sumus’, our collaboration with University of Oxford Philosophy Professor Paul Lodge. The project is focused on setting philosophical writings and poems to music to make them accessible to a wider audience, and is supported by TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities.

‘Redness of Blood’ was played on BBC Introducing Oxford (starting around 54 minutes) and as the outro music for a TORCH-hosted panel discussion on philosophy and music featuring David Fricke (Rolling Stone), Sylvie Simmons (Leonard Cohen biographer) and BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe.

It is based on a piece by 13th century German polymath and nun Hildegard of Bingen and features various guest performers. It was recorded, arranged and mixed by Philip Hanaway-Oakley of Flights of Helios. [Artwork by Ikeuchi]

Latest single – ‘Parallel / Gulo Gulo #2’

Spring 2021 self-released single ‘Parallel’ / ‘Gulo Gulo #2’ played on BBC Introducing in Oxfordshire. The A-side’s lusty harmonies sing of a secret rendezvous between a mathematician and a physicist. The B-side is a cut of guitar/tabla electronica from our ‘Gulo Gulo’ improv project. Cover art hand-drawn by Dominic Harker (instagram).

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New podcast: ‘Cosmic Debris’

Join Flights Of Helios vocalist Chris Beard for a rifle through the band’s latest demo recordings and some lost gems.

‘I Feel / Gulo Gulo #1’ single

Summer 2020 self-released single played on BBC Introducing in Oxfordshire. Both songs are products of ‘Gulo Gulo’, our anti-perfectionism improv project, completed during the 2020 lockdown with Phil from the band assembling the ideas to elegant coherence. The video for ‘I Feel’ (Gulo Gulo #3) was created by Oxford filmmaker and documentarist Roisin Anderson. ‘Gulo Gulo #1’ is a lonesome ambient piece with an accompanying video of a dreamlike fixed-camera timelapse, ideal for reflecting on these static times.

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‘MAGPIE / BEAST’ Single

October 2018 double A-side single featuring ‘Magpie’ chosen by Steve Lamacq for his BBC 6 Music Recommends playlist and ‘Beast’ played by Don Letts on his 6 Music show Culture Clash Radio. Available on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud etc and download from Bandcamp.

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‘ENDINGS’ ALBUM

Listen to our 2018 debut album Endings on Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube…

Endings album artwork

Radio play for Endings:

BBC 6 Music – Gideon Coe, Steve Lamacq (Factory)

Amazing Radio – Simon Raymonde (Bella Union, Cocteau Twins) (Factory)

Radio X – John Kennedy (Factory, Succubus)

RTE RnaG – Cian Ó Cíobháin (Cartographer)

BBC Introducing Oxford – Dave Gilyeat (Factory, Succubus, Embers)

The Line Of Best Fit blog made Cartographer their Song Of The Day.

Oxford’s Nightshift wrote of Endings“Anyone who has caught the band live will know they can be truly transcendental… On this evidence, the sun moon and stars are well within reach.”

God Is In The TV“there’s an enduring personal quality scorched onto these shape-shifting songs, framed by a musical grandeur that echoes the more expansive works of Radiohead or Pink Floyd.”

Monolith Cocktail“A space pop indie band with metaphysical intentions dreaming big”, referencing Arcade Fire, Klaxons, Radiohead and Depeche Mode.

LIVE

Flights of Helios have played Glastonbury Festival, Wilderness Festival, Truck Festival and London/Oxford venues including Ashmolean Museum, Natural History Museum Oxford, Foundling Museum, Cafe Oto and The Lexington.

Nightshift review of Truck Festival 2018: “The seven-piece’s intense songs remind us of Radiohead and The Irrepressibles, and despite their emotional delivery they create a friendly atmosphere in the tent.”

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FLIGHTS OF WHO?

Helios is the sun god in Greek mythology. It was also a prototype solar-powered stratospheric craft built by NASA. Both stories feature headstrong experimentation and heroic risk-taking and we try to live up to their name.

Flights of Helios have featured on/at

Glastonbury Festival (BBC Introducing), Wilderness Festival, Truck Festival, BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamaqc, Gideon Coe, Don Letts, Nemone), BBC Radio 2 (Huey Morgan), Radio X (John Kennedy), Amazing Radio (Simon Raymonde), Pitt Rivers Museum, Ashmolean Museum, Creation Theatre…

PRINCE ACHMED SOUNDTRACK

 Hour-plus live score for the oldest surviving full-length animated feature film The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ (collaboration with University of Oxford & ASPIRE Arts Council Innovation Fund)

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