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Flight - Don't Lose It

Oh, I'm losing It, Alright! - 75%

CHAIRTHROWER, November 21st, 2018
Written based on this version: 2015, 7" vinyl, Bad Omen Records

So breezily gripping and intensely melodic is Flight's latest single, "Ride On" (pried from its upcoming barn-burner of a sophomoric release, A Leap Through Matter, officially due Friday), that I've been flinging, in a decidedly wanton and shrill manner, its respective stream(ing) links left, right and center to all and sundry in gleeful, knuckle-dusting anticipation...crikey!

As I (s)lavishly chomp at the bit - until securing review-able copy, either by order, or appealing to a certain erudite and mindful webmaster overseas - allow me to wax savory on the retro-rocking Norwegians' cozily stashed "Don't Lose It" single as well as devilishly mordant B Side reprise of Legend's "Stormers of Heaven", released on 7" vinyl under Bad Omen Records (gruff purveyor of Satan's Satyrs and Wytch Hazel) a few weeks succeeding the quaint quartet's no frills and basic, albeit highly enjoyable, titular 2015 debut.

Fans of trip-y - but no less heady or offbeat - rocking 70s fare such as Wishbone Ash, Nazareth, Warpig and Winterhawk will feel right at home once "Don't Lose It"'s jaunty and lightly off-kilter drum ride merrily gets under way, complete with a hokey-pokey Cactus/Mountain fashioned "bell slide" guitar move slack-ly topping it all off. Actually, this warmly festive "loop" kinda reminds me, in a wryly jocose manner, of Cactus' "Rockout Whatever You Feel Like", from 1971 - no fooling!

In any case, the outrageously hip and laid-back, wind-through-your-mullet groove - complete with said "olde tyme" instrumental histrionics - half a minute in strongly evokes dangerously swift activities such as wind gliding or para sailing, whilst front/ax man Herr Bråthen retains his usual, atypical asynchronicity by way of haughtily expunged nasal sounding vocals which meritoriously fit the bill like a stale packet o' nuts aboard Widerøe Airlines. See here, this wonky humdinger compels o slip on an aquamarine Zoot Suit before riotously gliding into nearest singles - not Pringles - bar...

At roughly six minutes, not only is "Don't Lose It" - which occupies the fourth spot in Flight proper's largely unheralded rotation - the longest track of the bunch, but also showcases over a hundred seconds of the axe men's affinity for colorful ear worm melodies/harmonies in contrast to the darker "Nightrider" (#5 on debut), which sees these usually mild mannered "joyeux lurons" quaff down the antimony in search of more ominous and evil sounding nefarious encroachment i.e. intrepid, "80s metal" fashioned lead forays in line with fellow Scandinavians RAM, Enforcer, Air Raid and/or Steelwing.

For the record though, consider Flight's welcome blend of poppy nastiness and jester-like conviviality akin to a vocally superior Helvetet's Port, not to mention fellow melodiously stylish Swedes Night and Black Trip, along with the latter's equally slaking - however enigmatic and cryptic - renaissance, VOJD.

As for the snazzy, nostalgia-laden, three-minute long cover of Legend's "Stormers of Heaven" (off the Jersey, UK bound outfit's innocuous Frontline EP from '82), consider it a rather unexceptional, however apt, inclusion. Halfway through this sleazily breaking, fall-back type of boogie-swagger (à la Sweet/T-Rex) and lazily crooned, gang yawped chorus, it cedes the floor to a compendium of fluidly soulful, quasi-classical leads which establishes both Legend and Flight's timeless, liberating merit. (Ha, I only had to sift through over a baker's dozen of "Legends" to glean the right one!).

"Bodies in defiant chains stretch into the sky
Muscles joined in toil and pain their souls refuse to die
The futures sealed pointless pain there's no use holding tight
The ones who will fall will pay the price, the price for foolish flight..."