Written By: Fletcher Bonin
Flume has never been interested in pandering to the mainstream channels of EDM music. This sentiment holds true on their latest release Skin. This sixteen track studio album is replete with unexpected features such as Vic Mensa, Tove Lo, Beck, AlunaGeorge and many more. With Skin, Flume continues to create sonic soundscapes built of ethereal electronic sounds and complex instrumental edits. While this has always been Flume’s milieu, Skin is further enhanced by the multitude of features they include on this latest production. The features are diverse and bring a different appeal to each song.
Flume refuses to fade into the background as atmosphere music and refutes any categorization as modern EDM. Their sound is simply too unique to be lumped into a nondescript genre. Flume is essentially creating a new genre, a kind of experimental atmosphere on acid. With heart stopping bass drops and mesmerizing interludes, Skin will have your brain waves grooving in new and disruptive ways. This latest album is the exclamation point on Flume’s style, a glimmering and otherworldly sound that captures eerily human emotions within robotically generated chords.
The album deserves a complete play from beginning to end, as each track offers some new wrinkle or texture to their already tantalizing sound. For an appetizer, check out the track ‘Like Water’ featuring MNDR. This is a more classically EDM style song, with soaring synths that give way to powerful bass drops, complemented by hypnotic vocal arrangements. My favorite song, however, is ‘Smoke and Retribution’ and features one of the most interesting rappers currently in the game, Vic Mensa. I’ve been bumping this track ever since it was released as a single. This would be the entrée, a perfect representation of Flume’s old style paired triumphantly with their new collaborative direction.
The track ‘Never Be Like You’ was also released earlier as a single, also to wide appeal. In the same vein as the previous two songs I’ve mentioned, this song might well be the meal’s dessert piece. It is slow and purposeful, Kai hopping on the track as a feature. Her vocals are sensationally rhythmic and pair perfectly with the steady tessellations of Flume’s backbeat. I really can’t say enough about this latest Flume production. Old fans will love their unique and experimental sound while new fans will eagerly and insatiably comb through every Flume track ever recorded. With Skin, Flume proves not only their mastery of music, but of sound itself.