March 6, 2012
San Francisco’s favourite hammjammers Still Flyin’ spent 2011 hard at work writing their sophomore album, and Highline is proud to present the album’s lead single, Travelin’ Man.
While soaring choral harmonies root Travelin’ Man in Still Flyin’s party-filled past, the songwriting and production evolve from 2010’s Neu Ideas releases, layering 80s pop synths with longing and melancholy so profound it’s sure to send shivers up your spine. The song speaks of the fraught dichotomy between wanderlust and domesticity – a regular experience for most touring musicians, but a sentiment beautifully stated here. The track was recorded and mixed by Haima Marriott of Architecture in Helsinki fame.
The single’s b-side, Plastic Heart is jilted love song, packed with 80s noir bass grooves and darkly catchy guitar riffs so pitch perfect they could have blared out of Sonny Crockett’s Ferrari cruising around Miami.
“The group infuses every moment…with movement – skittering beats, elastic basslines, snappy guitar riffs, ecstatic sing-alongs, all with the goal of making their audiences uncross their arms and maybe even dance.” – Pitchfork
“Still Flyin’ know how to party in sweet, sweet style.” – Rockfeedback