Night Flight Orchestra – Aeromantic (2020)

The Night Flight Orchestra are finally back with a new one and I’ve been looking forward to it as these guys are not only one of my guilty pleasures, but my sixty-five year old mother also digs them. I got her into the band a few years ago and she plays them all the time. Of course, this opener (Servants Of The Air) might be a bit heavier than she’s used to with it’s Deep Purple-isms and a screaming guitar solo, but everything else on the disc is very close to what I’d expect from these guys and she should be perfectly happy with that.

Bjorn Strid shows just how great of a vocalist he continues to be aside from Soilwork and I just hope that we’ll get more Night Flight Orchestra discs to come. Now in my opinion, “Servants Of The Air” is great opener, possibly one of the band’s most epic tracks and completely unexpected. Though as I said, don’t expect the band to continue on this path because there are just so many goddamned earworms coming your way that it will seem ultimately nonsensical. Though as you may have guessed, I’m perfectly good with that. “Divinyls” is just one of those, with “If Tonight Is Our Only Chance” continuing the greatness of eighties pop-rock, which is a hell of a lot better than the crap the mainstream media considers pop music today.

Moving on, I’ll have to say that “Curves” really hit me, like in the way that classic Phil Collins would hit me – I still find myself really getting into those old songs. “Transmissions” left me breathless, that’s just how good it is. With it’s mix of synths and eighties rock, the piece may as well have been cocaine for my ears. Oddly enough, they decided to solo with a violin instead of a guitar, which kind of takes me out of the piece, although temporarily.

The title cut has a heavy disco rock vibe to it and it’s decent, just like “This Boy’s Last Summer” which I purposely skipped over; but I tend to like “Golden Swansdown” a bit more. It has that “pumped-up” eighties athleticism feel, and I can see long distance runners sprinting while it plays in the background. Another song that makes you want to run outside and jog, “Taurus” is yet another cut that caught me by surprise. The first time I listened to it, I missed a few lines but then that chorus hit right towards the end and I knew that I had to come back to it. Now that I’m re-listening to the album, I can see why I dug it.

As we head closer to the edge of the album, “Carmencita Seven” greets us with an unexpected epic. The song runs nearly seven minutes in length which allows for a lot of headroom in which to throw in a few guitar solos, but there’s a weird break (I also noticed this with “Taurus”) that causes the piece to quieten and fade out into the atmosphere. I know it is normal for a band to show off everything in the world just as a song fades, but I felt that this piece really got going before it ended.

“Sister Mercurial” is decent enough, but it doesn’t leave me breathless or asking for more. Not even an orgasm, fellas. However, we get a great eighties action movie montage theme with “Dead Of Winter.” This song definitely makes me think that I’ve just watched something with Stallone, Schwarzenegger or Norris, so they’ve definitely ended this one with a bang. I don’t know about you, but I will watch the end credits of a film if the ending theme is good and that’s just what I got here.

Without a doubt, the Night Flight Orchestra continues to deliver amazing releases, even if there are a few bumps along the way. There are songs on Aeromantic that I’ll jam for years, decades – I’m not even sure yet. Can’t wait for number five.




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