New Video: Night Flight’s Gorgeous and Mournful Meditation on Loss and Grief

With the release of their debut EP, 2017’s Wanderlust, its follow up, 2018’s Carousel EP and that year’s full-length debut, the London-based indie folk act Night Flight, led by its Rye, UK-born, London-based primary songwriter and frontman Sam Holmes quickly developed a reputation for crafting material that paired earnest lyrics, enormous hooks and cinematic-leaning instrumentals.

Building upon a growing profile, the London-based act’s recently released EP White Noise is the long-awaited follow up to their full-length debut — and thematically, the EP’s songs explore disillusionment, isolation and self-reflection in the midst of personal recovery. Interestingly, White Noise‘s material was written during a period of transition for both the band and for its frontman personally: the EP was predominantly written in Holmes’ hometown of Rye. “There are moments on it that feel darker than anything we’ve done before,” the band’s Sam Holmes says in press notes. “The production is still considerate of the songs, but there’s more imagination. Hopefully the music conveys the range of emotions felt in moments of high change; loss, nostalgia, self-doubt and positivity.”

The EP’s latest single is the shimmering and achingly mournful “Rye.” Centered around strummed acoustic guitar, Holmes’ expressive vocals, gently padded drums and a  soaring hook, the cinematic song, which manages to recall Parachutes-era Coldplay and others explores newfound solitude and nostalgia in the midst of grief over a profound loss — while paying homage to Holmes’ hometown.

Directed by Jonny Ruff and the band’s Sam Holmes, the recently released video for “Rye” is a gorgeous and cinematically shot visual centered around longing, nostalgia and the emptiness of loss as we see a couple, which includes Imogen Comrie driving around in a car — but sometimes going in reverse, sometimes going forward. Towards the end, we just see Comrie driving by herself, and it turns the song into a heartbreaking tear-jerker.
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A project firmly rooted in song-writing, Night Flight have gone from strength to strength since the releases of debut EP ‘Wanderlust’ (2017) and the ‘Carousel’ EP (2018). Along with self-titled debut album ‘Night Flight’ (2018) – the band’s earnest lyrics and huge hooks echo icons of the past. Always delivering their creations with sincerity and passion – the ‘White Noise’ EP showcases a band in total command of their craft whilst also pushing the scope of what is expected, both sonically and in composition.

 

 

London based indie-folk band Night Flight today (March 27, 2020) release their new EP ‘White Noise’ via CRC Records. The follow-up to their widely praised self-titled debut released in 2018, the songs on ‘White Noise’ individually explore the nuances in specific pockets of life; exploring disillusionment, isolation and self-reflection in the midst of personal recovery.

A band whose strength and appeal lies in their ability to construct affecting, relatable songs – pairing meditative, honest lyrics with high-reaching folk-rock instrumentals, the songs on ‘White Noise’ were penned during a period of transition both for the band and for Sam personally.

Written predominantly in Sam Holmes’ hometown of Rye on the British south-coast, Holmes had this to say on the release of the new EP: “There are moments on it that feel darker than anything we’ve done before. The production is still considerate of the songs, but there’s more imagination. Hopefully the music conveys the range of emotions felt in moments of high change; loss, nostalgia, self-doubt and positivity.”

Highlights on the EP include ‘Rye’, an homage to Sam’s hometown – exploring the raw themes of newfound solitude and nostalgia in the midst of grief; ‘ATM’ which arrives towards the end of the EP – acting as a sardonic observation on the debt, dreams and defiance experienced when taking the road less travelled; and the high-reaching title track ‘White Noise’.

A project firmly rooted in song-writing, Night Flight have gone from strength to strength since the releases of debut EP ‘Wanderlust’ (2017) and the ‘Carousel’ EP (2018). Along with self-titled debut album ‘Night Flight’ (2018) – the band’s earnest lyrics and huge hooks echo icons of the past. Always delivering their creations with sincerity and passion – the ‘White Noise’ EP showcases a band in total command of their craft whilst also pushing the scope of what is expected, both sonically and in composition.