Flyte’s Stirring Acapella Rendition Of “Archie, Marry Me” At SXSW Gave Me Chills THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: FLYTE @ CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH | SXSW 3/14/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Flyte: I had put Flyte’s song “Victoria Falls” in my SXSW 2018 Playlist because I was particularly drawn to its the subtle harmonies that glided over the pulsing rhythms and solid indie rock instrumentals. It kinda had a Vertical Horizon vibe, and I can get down with that.
What I Thought Of Flyte’s Performance: Even though I had Flyte on my list of artist’s to possibly check out, I didn’t actually have a performance slotted for them in my schedule. When you’re at SXSW, and your list of possible artists to check out is 400+ long, some sacrifices will need to be made.
As I was walking from one venue to another, I noticed that I was passing by the Central Presbyterian Church in Austin. I knew that later in the evening, I would be in the pews later in the evening to see Billie Eilish perform, so I decided to make a quick stop inside to see what the photography situation was like. I just so happened that Flyte was mid way through their performance when I walked through the church’s vestibule. I arrived just in time.
It was silent as I took my first steps into the church, but I walked further in soft voices were becoming audible. As I stepped into into the nave, Flyte was starting to get into their acapella rendition of Alvvays’ “Archie, Marry Me” (which is the last track of the 2017 release “The Loved One”). If you were in attendance, and you didn’t get goosebumps listening to these four gents harmonizing with the natural reverb of the architecture gloriously resonating in your ear, I don’t know what to say. Perhaps, you may be lacking a soul.
They only performed a couple more songs following that one (all acoustic), but their mellifluous voices and harmonies on each following selection was, for lack of a better descriptor, too beautiful for words. Perhaps a “plugged in” performance would have yielded a different kind of vibe, but all I know is that I would have been completely satisfied had I actually been there for the entirety of their showcase.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) April 2, 2018