Flume, you are such a people pleaser. Flume’s debut self-titled album is out now through Future Classic, and has a little bit of something for everyone.
Flume, aka Harley Streten, is a great success story for all those aspiring artists who have spent hundreds of hours tinkering away on their computers. The 21 year old Streten has been producing tracks in his bedroom since age 13, but it’s only over the last 12 months that Flume has taken off since the release of debut EP Sleepless.
I’d love to sift through Flume’s earlier productions and see what happened during those formative years. The self-titled album has an outrageously broad appeal, spanning through chillwave, dance, funk and hip hop arenas. Flume’s genre-spanning collection somehow manages to be cohesive even with multiple feature artists also leaving their own distinctive stamp on the tracks.
I could quote a bunch of artists that sound a bit like Flume (Oscar + Martin, Toro Y Moi, Jonti, Gold Panda, Four Tet, you get the idea) but comparisons wouldn’t do justice in addressing the complexity of Streten’s work.
I did get a bit lost towards the end of the rather hefty 15 track album, but I’m confident this album is going to be a grower. In the meantime, I’m rating the funky ‘Holdin’ On’ and ‘Ezra,’ the sweet tones of Chet Faker on ‘Left Alone,’ ‘Change,’ and ‘On Top’ featuring T-Shirt just because I’m a sucker for a good hip hop track.
Flume stops things from getting a bit too smooth on some of the tracks by chopping up the beats and stitching them back together so they’re slightly off-kilter. Sharp.
Streten’s been touted as the future of Australian electronic music, and judging by this debut album, I would think that’s not too far off the mark.
Stream Flume’s self-titled, debut album in full below: