Hailing from Norwich London, comes a band equipped with some of our favorite sounds – a dash of Yo La Tengo and a bit of Explosions in the Sky. What do you get? The minimalism of Into Flight. But before you pass any judgment, I am not at all defaming this young and inspiring band, which only started three years ago. That being said, I’m also not going to tell you that the music Into Flight makes is anything new. On songs such as “A Small Good Thing”, I half expect Kevin Shields, of My Bloody Valentine, to moan into the microphone. However, I will tell you that Into Flight, being borderline unoriginal, is also borderline pretentious. With comments found on their MySpace such as, “We don’t write songs as such, we write music” or “The songs are long, our voices used as instruments and each instrument acts as another layer with the idea of perfect minimalism in our hearts”, you can’t help but call them anything but pompous.
Still, pompous or not, this London act has something that keeps my ears open and my heart full. Much like Broken Social Scene or Menomena, this band plays music that you can listen to while playing out your life. Whether it’s an upbeat tune for walking about town or a sad melody to be admired only by you, it a band like Into Flight that give it to you. In this case, I would pick Broken Social Scene or Menomena over this band, hands down, when it comes to music like this, but Into Flight still creates that type of sound I love and admire.
Despite the negatives, you should still check them out. After all, why am I writing this, right? Be forewarned, however. If you’re looking for a catchy band, look elsewhere. Though, if you’re seeking some lovely sounds and landscapes, please, give Into Flight a spin.
“The Ocean’s Caught Us”