Sunday Sounds: Flight Facilities | Down to Earth

If you know Flight Facilities, it’s probably from their heavily and competently remixed single, “Crave You.” If you like what you heard, and are looking for more of the same, you may want to proceed with caution. You may also want to check out Flux Pavilion or Adventure Club. You may also find this to be a perfectly subdued, pleasantly down-tempo surprise.

Flight Facilities are essentially  a three-person electronic-pop outfit, with the third member rotating out from song to song. They’re also part of the incredibly talented wave of talent emerging from Australia in the past two years, alongside Flume, Anna Lunoe, Chet Faker, Tame Impala…I could go on for pages. The role of the third person is often, but not exclusively a vocalist, including Emma Louise, Reggie Watts, Kylie Minogue and of course, Giselle on “Crave You.”

You could also call this restrained dance music, which is also how I qualify a lot of the xx’s music. Music that seems to be produced by somebody with a raging dance party on the inside, but what comes out is a very basic set of synths, vocals and beats that sit on the cusp of a breakdown. But they never do. Unlike the xx, there’s actually payoff towards the end of ‘Down to Earth,’ on the deliciously house-y title track.

Down to Earth is a slow, patient journey that didn’t really sound like much the first couple times through. Some of their work is immediate and easily available, but the majority fades easily into the background of whatever you happen to do after hitting play. But the more times you listen through, the more moments rise to the forefront, even interrupting your post-play activity

This Sunday, take advice from the Rod Serling sample at the beginning of “Two Bodies,” which says, “As long as you’re not ashamed of anything you write if you’re a writer, or as long as you’re not ashamed of anything you perform if you’re an actor…” Do what you’re going to do. Take ownership of your life and your decisions, and make sure you don’t surrender part of yourself in the process. Don’t get lost.

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