This Is Actually Going to Damage
9 April 2021
Like many musical artists, Flyte had their plans for 2020 put by means of the wringer by COVID, however they managed to complete recording This Is Actually Going to Damage simply earlier than the lockdowns started. The London trio have been in Los Angeles wrapping up the method in February of 2020 and managed to get again dwelling simply in time to not do something. They did ultimately begin doing impromptu out of doors exhibits round London to maintain enjoying. Now, after a number of months of delay, the document has arrived, and it’s definitely an fascinating one.
Their second album begins as mild indie-pop however swerves laborious into ’60s pop pastiche about midway by means of. These two genres of music usually are not all that far faraway from one another, so this transition isn’t jarring, nevertheless it’s noticeable. The album begins with a folky acoustic guitar line and a hushed vocal from singer-guitarist Will Taylor. “Simple Tiger” maintains its quiet really feel all through, with easy percussion and strings including to the acoustic guitar however by no means overwhelming the vocal melody. Taylor’s refrain, “Go straightforward, tiger / That is solely going to worsen”, is memorable. Lyrically, Taylor is obliquely telling an ex that their breakup goes to be tough for each of them, however the calming tone of the music retains it from sounding indignant and bitter.
The album’s second monitor, “Dropping You”, can be very folky, however hints of bitterness begin to creep in on this one. This association is a bit more full-bodied, with drums, bass, and an electrical guitar complementing Taylor’s acoustic guitar and vocals. Taylor tells the story of a one-night fling that he will get very invested in whereas the girl is clearly not of the identical thoughts. The music’s spotlight is a placing hollow-bodied electrical guitar solo, which returns a second time to shut the music.
The darkish, driving third music, “I’ve Received a Woman”, is the place Flyte actually let the frustration move. Over insistent, pounding piano notes and a barely funky drumbeat, Taylor sings, “I’ve acquired a lady / I’m breaking apart the band.” Within the second verse, he alters views to speak about an amazing live performance the place a distinct man and woman had a tremendous time however have since given up on the band as a result of they dislike their newest materials. “I’ve Received a Woman” manages to be catchy whereas feeling darkish and oppressive, and it’s very efficient.
It’s after the fourth monitor, the equally piano-pounding however much less fascinating “Underneath the Pores and skin”, that This Is Actually Going to Damage makes its shift. “Everybody’s a Winner” combines chiming acoustic guitars and tightly layered harmonies to seize a vibe much like Crosby, Stills, and Nash, or the Band. The lyrics are cynical and sarcastic, however the music feels relaxed and easygoing. “Making an attempt to Break Your Coronary heart” provides some psychedelic slide guitar, giving the monitor a really feel someplace between traditional hippies and The Zombies. The dirty fuzz guitar and energetic bassline of “There’s a Girl” call to mind the Guess Who. Nearer “By no means Get to Heaven” brings again the three-part harmonies and forgoes all devices aside from a easy guitar half, hitting these CSN vibes once more.
Whereas these again half songs are all fairly listenable, the one true standout was “Mistress America”, which, whereas admittedly one other ’60s pastiche (Don McLean feels just like the touchstone right here), manages to face by itself. The harmonies are nice, and the guitar riff and bassline sparkle. The lyrics, which mix a fond remembrance of a rocker who was apparently shunned by the business with the promise that “I’m gonna get a gun / And study the phrases to all your songs”, are fairly nice, too, as a result of they forged a sheen of disturbing obsession excessive of this nostalgia.
I discovered every half of This Is Actually Going to Damage to be fairly strong, however I couldn’t fairly recover from the way it sounds just like the band are attempting two separate issues. It virtually looks like two EPs, every with a distinct musical focus, shoved collectively. Between “I’ve Received a Woman” and “Mistress America”, every chunk of the album has a standout music. So this finally ends up being a likable document with form of a bizarre disconnect to it. Possibly subsequent time round, Flyte will work out find out how to synthesize their ’60s influences with Twenty first-century indie-pop a bit extra successfully.