24-year-old Aussie, Harley Streten, (better known as Flume) released his sophomore album, Skin. His first, self-titled album released in 2012 propelled him into the music world. However, Skin exudes a more experienced Harley Streten, an artist not afraid to experiment with sound. The album is a messy, intriguing variety of tempos. Somehow, Flume's work is both awkward and inviting.
Full Album Review
Helix– The first track of the album serves as a subtle introduction to Flume's latest project. It begins with a sweet instrumental sound, later transitioning to a sweet beat drop.
Never Be Like You feat. Kai– Probably the most popular single out of Skin thus far. The track is a delightful mesh of pop, electronic synths and drops. While the track serves as Flume's infiltration to the mainstream, it doesn't give itself up fully. The track is still unique and sports an alternative vibe.
Lose It feat. Vic Mensa– This track is a party-popping mix of hip hop and intricately diverse sounds. The track is a revisit to classic Flume, reminiscent of On Top and Holdin On; however, it is far more skillfully composed.
Numb & Getting Colder feat. KUČKA– This track transports the listener to an experimental oasis laced with smooth high-pitched female vocals.
Say It feat. Tove Lo– Another infiltration into the mainstream that showcases Tove Lo's vocals while complementing it with a less intricate, yet lively beat.
Wall F****– This track epitomizes Flume's experimental journey. It's a crazy compilation of contrasting synths, beats, drops and other sounds that coalesce into a sweet mixture.
Pika– This short track is a nice transition to the rest of the album, composed of peppy electronic sound and smooth male vocals.
Smoke & Retribution feat. Vince Staples & KUČKA– A perfect, contrasting romance of hip hop rap verse, sweet female vocals and sick beat drops and waves.
3– A unique track that features the vocals of Flume himself. It's a heady beat that is sure to get a rave jumping.
When Everything Was New– A very soft, less exhilarating side of the album, serving as another great transitional track.
You Know feat. Allan Kingdom & Raekwon– Containing dialogue, heavier rap verse and skittery beats, the track proves Flume's proficient infiltration to the hip hop scene.
Take a Chance feat. Little Dragon– Flume's beats pair wonderfully with Yukimi Nagano's beautiful, velvet voice.
Innocence feat. AlunaGeorge– This is the most lengthy track of the album (6:18). It features the notably high-pitched, melodic vocals of Aluna Francis, paired with an incandescent, atmospheric sound.
Like Water feat. MNDR– Featuring slight more boisterous vocals, this track gives a bit extra life to the album.
Free– A primarily instrumental track with busy, high-pitched tones accumulating into vibrant noise.
Tiny Cities feat. Beck– A simplistic end to the album, featuring a snippet of Beck's vocals and basic electronic sounds.