It is fitting that electronic producer Flume (21 year old Australian Harley Stretan) is signed to the label "Future Classics," because if Flume can keep building on the sound and hype generated by his initial offerings, he will rise to the top of the electronic music scene in no time! Flume's sound walks that tricky tightrope between dance floor smash hits and chill-in-your-home mood music. Glitched vocals, dreamy synths, smooth basslines: all the tricks of the electronic trade are showcased on Flume's "Sleepless" EP. The three-song download is now available for download on Freegal (which conveniently allows every library card to download three free songs a week)!
The first track, "Sleepless ft. Jezzabell Doran" is hard to describe, but I'll resort to calling it "pop-synth." Like fairy spirits at a night revel, the music spins round in a wild circle, inviting the listener to join in their dance. Doran's vocals are glitched and tattered, less words than pulsing sounds that add to the energy of the song.
A spiritual sequel to Sleepless, "Over You ft. Jezzabell Doran" offers a more traditional trance sound than the first. The revelry of the dance has ended, allowing Doran's vocals to ring through: "Tell me I'm your world." As the emotional high of the night is winding down, the sounds of the dance disappearing forever, Doran pleads to the world, her dance partner, whoever will listen...let's continue this for a little longer.
The final song, "Paper Thing," is an instrumental track that zips and hums along happily from Point A to Point B. It reminds me of one of those jaunty minstrel tunes of centuries ago. Transplanted in the 21st century, the lute has been replaced with layers and layers of electronic sound.
For anyone wanting to take a listen to this Future Classic, Freegal has the wonderful three-song "Sleepless" available for download right now.