Breaking Into Flume’s Skin
If you haven’t heard Australian artist Flume’s new album, Skin, the best advice I can give you is to immediately abandon whatever auditory stimulation you’re currently engaged in and give it a listen. The album delivers start to finish, resonating with a uniquely funky psychedelic sound, and features a number of brilliant collaborations including Tove Lo, Beck, and Vince Staples to name a few. Breaking into Flume’s Skin between the mellow starts and the trippy drops of each tune, listeners are privy to a number of etherealized bubbles and glass drops throughout that really take Flume’s sound to a new level.
The overall flow of Skin is more indirect than Flume’s first, self-titled album, though the sound is still clearly his. The beats are deconstructed, less straight-forward than you might expect, but expect nothing when it comes to the loopy nature of winding fade-outs and a skillful use of repetition. If you’re a fan of potent percussion and great vocals, the songs Lose It, Say It, and Smoke & Retribution are must-hears. More a fan of straight-up trippy beats? Try out opening track Helix, Pika, or Like Water. Again, you’ll notice deconstructive cuts, and a tempo that never lets you down.
The big hit single off the album right now is Never Be Like You featuring Kai, which is crushing it right now on the charts, but make sure to give the whole record a full listen. Gems like Take a Chance and Tiny Cities really showcase Flume’s full range, and bring in instruments like sleigh bells and the piano in artful ways. My personal favorite track, Innocence, sounds like the theme music to an ancient ice castle it’s so majestic and melodic. A close second, Wall Fuck, also brings an old-school underground rave vibe to the album about midway through. Even if the few rap-electro hybrid tracks aren’t entirely your thing, I can safely say this album is still worth the listen, and won’t disappoint.