Flights of Helios
Flights of Helios are a spacerock/drone folk band based in Oxford, UK. Following the release of debut album ‘Endings’ in early 2018, their autumn single ‘Magpie/Beast’ was selected by longstanding tastemakers Steve Lamacq and Don Letts for their BBC 6 Music shows, adding to previous airplay by Gideon Coe (6 Music), John Kennedy (Radio X) and Simon Raymonde of Bella Union (Amazing Radio).
Flights of Helios blend ruminations on the natural and supernatural worlds with expansive post rock arrangements to create a musical landscape truly their own. Traditional instruments are warped and mirrored with effects; a voice becomes a choral maelstrom, a violin a bloodless howl. Inspired by future- channelling artists (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Radiohead) and those weaving traditional music into new forms (The Unthanks, This Is The Kit), 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.
The band’s committed live presence has resulted in festival bookings including BBC Introducing at Glastonbury, Wilderness, Truck and Artrocker New Blood. The band has also soundtrackedlandmark 1920s animated film ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ under commission from University of Oxford, contributed to Shakespeare-themed folk album ‘The Food Of Love Project’ alongsideAlasdair Roberts and Stornoway, and performed with Mercury-nominated folk artist Sam Lee. Flights of Helios will release a new single in early 2019 featuring live favourite ‘Tree and Fly’ and a second album in mid 2019.