Jack Hyphen has been busy during the last two years. He eloped to Spain, lost his voice, lost it again and now finally returns with his new single ‘Flee’.
It’s been a tenacious return for the indie-rocker, further marked by a performance later this month at Manchester’s AREA nightclub.
This makes Hyphen’s choice to release ‘Flee’ a curious one. A new release but an old song, Hyphen wrote ‘Flee’ seven years ago. Regardless, he believes there is ‘no better way to start [his] comeback’ than with ‘Flee’ and upon hearing, it’s easy to understand why.
Hyphen describes himself as a ‘loner’ in the song’s opening moments, who fears that ‘no one will empathise with [him]’ – lyrics that are all too real given his vocal convalescences.
Yet fundamentally ‘Flee’ is about the want for one’s feelings, presumably of a previous partner, to depart. ‘I wish my thoughts of you would flee’ he pleas earnestly during the song’s conclusion.
Contrasting these sombre lyrics is a surprisingly beatific instrumental, led by jangle-pop guitar leads that remind of Foals and Two Door Cinema Club.
Hyphen takes his time and the progression of ‘Flee’ is slow-moving, but the chorus is danceable and euphoric nonetheless.
And yet the sadness behind each lyric is inescapable. The single’s artwork features Hyphen sitting on a bench looking wistfully upwards towards a sky whose enormity renders him insignificant – a fittingly philosophical image for this return to recording.