lines of flight releases their third single 'heading out to you' from their 'signs of life’ collection - 10 tracks with 10 videos in 10 months
Lines of Flight are Matthew Henderson and Helen Whale, an electronic dreampop duo from Leeds. Having been strangers previously, they connected online in lockdown in 2020 and wrote and recorded 10 tracks together, remotely.
Throughout 2020, they each recorded their respective vocals completely separately from each other and wrote and programmed the instrumentation on their iPhones. They have never played a gig or performed live together, but just over a year since first connecting online, their third single 'Heading Out To You' has just been released.
Their 'Signs of Life' album is a collection of 10 songs recorded by the duo under the constraints of lockdown in 2020. Each track is released with an accompanying video, also made on a phone, by a filmmaker, to reflect how the duo wrote & recorded the songs.
‘Heading Out To You’ is the third single that the duo is releasing in the series of 10 that will ultimately form the Signs of Life collection / album. It’s a bittersweet dreampop track about yearning for escape, and it blends dense layers of atmospheric synths with dreamy, melancholy vocals and 80s-resonant piano.
Of the track’s origins, Matthew writes: "This song came about following a drive out to the north-east coast. I was reminded of driving up Sutton Bank in the snow, in a wonderful old car that my dad drove - a 1970’s
Datsun Laurel. It felt so luxurious! At the time I was driving to a party and all the anxieties of that I had as a teenager, but in the song I reposition it to be my final drive to reach my dad - to be reunited with him, in his car - to travel to the ‘other side’ as referenced in the song (which in itself is a reference to the ‘why did the chicken cross the road’ joke – the dark existential humour of ‘to get to the other side’, always appealed to me). I did this by remembering that when I was driving to the party I nearly crashed - which I then reframed as a means to reaching my dad."