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LIVE MUSIC FROM FLIGHTS OF HELIOS!
The fantastic Flights of Helios will perform live in response to the action of the film.
GUEST SPEAKERS NOW CONFIRMED:
Children's author Jamila Gavin: www.jamilagavin.co.uk/books.html
Dr Elinor Cleghorn, Ruskin School of Fine Art: http://www.ruskin-sch.ox.ac.uk/people/elinor_cleghorn
Professor Ros Ballaster. University of Oxford: http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/about-faculty/faculty-members/18th-century/ballaster-professor-ros
Teaming up with the University of Oxford’s Humanities division, the Pitt Rivers Museum presents its first After Hours Cinema event.
Explore the galleries of the Pitt Rivers before taking your seat for a screening of Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Q&A with guest speakers to follow.
Cash bar, object handling and a specially devised musical score from Flights of Helios.
MORE ON FLIGHTS OF HELIOS:
Flights of Helios
Star / Crows
Double A-side Single
Oct 2013 via bandcamp
+ limited edition poster with download code
"Fantastic ... worth keeping your ears peeled for"
- Drowned in Sound
"Flights of Helios are exceptional and odd, bringing evocative hints of Elysian 60's pop like the Zombies as well as Irish lament to some serenely medicated Spiritualized passages." - Artrocker
"Simultaneously warm, sinister and steeped in musicological exploration, it marks the band out as a chilly reflection of the cheekier, sunnier exploits of fellow Oxford artists." - Music in Oxford
Star / Crows is the debut double A-side single from Oxford space-pop/shoegaze quintet, Flights of Helios who combine spiralling, caustic electronica with reverb-drenched post-rock guitar drones and heart stopping vocals.
After jamming with various lineups as Braindead Collective, five stalwarts of the Oxford music scene found their creative energies coalesced and agreed to commit to the long haul in Autumn 2011, renaming themselves Flights of Helios.
This thrilling collaboration features vocals from Chris Beard (Harry Angel), the synths and programming of Sebastian Reynolds (The Evenings, Keyboard Choir), Phil Oakley (Sexy Breakfast) on bass, as well as guitarist James Maund (We Aeronauts, Cat Matador) and drummer James Currie (Tumbleweed, Komrad).
Following a handful of live recordings and remixes, Star / Crows is their first official release. Recorded at Studio Plateaux with Capitol K and at the DroneHouse in Oxford, both tracks were mixed at Safehouse (Foals' studio) with Kit Monteith (Trophy Wife) and Jamie Morris.
The band's live shows and recorded output to date has tended more towards the epic drone side of their influences: Fuck Buttons, Sigur Ros, Silver Mt Zion and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Star, meanwhile, has a much more pop-oriented and direct approach in its 4-minute blast of vocal led euphoria, entrenched in the spirit of My Bloody Valentine and Spiritualized. Crows may start with an ambient drone intro, but it swiftly breaks out into a psychedelic groove, again with Chris' vocal at the forefront. It's a dazzling work of pop brilliance for a band who have already proven their progressive credentials.
Flights of Helios have played at Truck Festival, been featured by BBC Oxford Introducing, as well as supporting David Thomas Broughton, Sam Lee, Islet, Spring Offensive and Wild Swim. We're promised that their collective brain is "teeming with ideas for unexpected merchandise, weird gig venues and plenty more music; watch this space."
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Pitt Rivers Museum
The Pitt Rivers Museum cares for the University of Oxford's collection of anthropology and world archaeology.