'Fly' is the long-player debut of Balaklava Blues, consisting of musical couple Mark and Marichka Marczyk: "Our story is that we met during the 2014 Ukrainian revolution on the barricades in Maidan Square in Kiev, and upon realizing our voices were one of our greatest weapons, we soon started singing and performing together. We are both inspired by traditional music from the part of Ukraine currently afflicted by war and entirely dedicated to those who are still fighting for democracy, national sovereignty, and freedom from corruption there and everywhere. It's turning the invisible tattoo of trauma that we all wear, into a source of strength through music, hence Balaklava Blues.". The name of the project refers to a suburb of Sebastopol, the main port in the Crimea, the disputed peninsula in southern Ukraine. On 'Fly' the duo experiments with mixing Ukrainian polyphonic song and other influences from local folklore with western genres like techno, trap (opener 'Be Like This', 'Boom Boom', 'Fire', 'Sex', title and closing track 'Fly') and dubstep ('Nobody', 'Bring Him Back'). Besides being involved with Balaklava Blues, the duo is also the creative and driving force behind 'Counting Sheep', a "folk-opera" in which the audience is dropped behind the barricades on Majdan Nezalezjnosti, better known as Maidan Square, during the Ukrainian revolution of 2014. Several songs that appear in the musical are also featured on 'Fly'. The one time the duo stays quite close to the original folk from their homeland, like in 'Green' or 'Underground', but elsewhere 'Fly' sounds more like a song from a musical ('Alive'), or modern Ukrainian electro ('Volnovakha', 'Balloons'). Mark and Marichka summarize: "Balaklava Blues music is a reclamation of the violence perpetrated on our home country. We seek to redesign and remix physical and psychological oppression and question how and why it continues to inform who we are and what we can become. For us it's about finding the beauty and strength hidden within the oppression. In that darkness, we find humanity and in finding that humanity, we discover that we are not alone.".