by disappearhere USER (4 Reviews)
January 20th, 2013 | 19 replies

Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 21 year old Harley Stretan comes out of no where to release an amazing collection of songs that compliment each other perfectly in order to create a unique amazing chill-out album like no other.

After weeks of seeing indie kids on Facebook and Instagram rave on about this mysterious Flume character, it took me a while to figure out that he was some kind of electronic artist, though after the first week or two of his song Sleepless getting popular, more and more people seemed to be excitedly anticipating this album, even people into weirder and more obscure music. After a while I had to check out this guy to see what all this hype was about, half expecting this guy to be absolutely horrible and a serious letdown, as this is what hype usually does to music, however upon hearing the first minute of of Sleepless, I cast all hype aside and realized that every ounce of anticipation was completely necessary for an album like this.

21 year old Harley Stretan comes from Sydney, and under the alias 'Flume' brings about a unique electronic sound which utilizes various other genres of music such hip-hop, soul and alternative/indie. Featuring vocalists like 23 year old Melbournian indie artist Chet Faker, singer/model Jezzabell Doran, rapper T.Shirt and many more, Flume's debut album boasts 15 tracks in total, each track being distinctively different, yet simultaneously similar to all others. By doing this, Stretan is able to construct a collective that promotes amazing consistency, that can be listened to in any mood, e.g. I can listen to this album while having some drinks with some friends, I can listen to this music in a club, I can listen to it when eating dinner or I can sit down and listen to this album and musically notice the interesting musical things Stretan is able to do. To me, and most people who like it, this is seriously the ultimate summer album that just makes those warm, blue skied, brightly light days, so much more enjoyable.

One of the amazing things about Flume is the way he creates his vocal parts. Often at times Stretan manipulates the vocal lines in his songs to electronically sound more rhythmic, or like other instruments entirely, such as in 'Stay Close' where he is able to change the vocal line into a saxophone like sound before making it return to it's original melody. Often drastic pitch changes to these vocals keep the songs more interesting and non repetitive, such as in the opening track 'Sintra' where the songs lyrics say the same line over and over again, but the pitch keep changes at random times to make the melody new every time you hear it. This allows the song to be sung along to easily despite the fact that people can't clearly make out the lyrics. I'm not joking when i say this, but these vocal lines are so loved by fans that when i'm around people and a Flume song comes on, people will just sing these vocal parts without even knowing the words, only because they like the songs that much.

Another great thing about these tracks, is the unique synth sounds that Flume creates to give this album the chill, relaxed mood that it has. These exist as really low, cloudy sounding noises like in 'Insane', in high pitched vocal like bouncing parts in tracks like 'Sintra' or in his well known mid pitched bright sounding synths used in tracks like 'Holdin On' and 'Sleepless',

Overall I like this album despite how a lot of songs sound overly similar, simply because this makes the tracks flow well together. One thing though I don't like about this album is the way it has caused people to ignore other artists of this genre by labeling Stretan's music as it's own self titled genre called 'Flume Step'. This seems a bit over the top to me, as there are many similar artists out there like Draper, Washed Out and Tori Y Moi, all of which to me are chill-wave, a genre I similarly categorize Flume into. I urge fans of Flume to check out these artists and spread the love of this great relaxing music.

I rate this album very highly, my main problem only being that there are a few short songs, less than three minutes, which while good, seem to be just filler songs on the album that sound like mixtures of other tracks. This is annoying, as with 15 songs on the album, it doesn't seem like Stretan is desperate to fill time, but this is really only a small concern and shouldn't detract readers from enjoying this great album. I highly recommend this, even to people who aren't into dance or indie music, it is the perfect summer chill album and can make most days that little bit better.

Recommended Tracks
- Sintra
- Sleepless
- Stay Close
- Left Alone
- Holdin On

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January 20th 2013


Nice review. This is really really good. Reminds me of Baths at times.

Digging: Kiasmos - Blurred EP

January 20th 2013


This rules. Good to see it getting around sputnik. Nice review too.

January 25th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

Sounds just like Pretty Lights.

Anyone else find the sidechain compression overused and distracting in almost every song?

First half of the album 3.5/5

Second half of the album 1.5/5

February 13th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

album really, really drops off in the second half

February 13th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

few tidbits;

tracks like 'Holdin On' and 'Sleepless',

I think this is meant to be a full stop? Or you have half a sentence missing?

'Overall I like this album'

'One thing though I don't like about this album'

Avoid sentences like this. Try

'Although a lot of songs sound overly similar, it works in the album's favour simply because it

makes the tracks flow well together'.


'the album, however, has caused an ignorant perception by fans of the genre, in the way of causing

people to ignore other artists by labeling Stretan's music as it's own self titled genre called

'Flume Step'.'

Great review anyways, you're well on your way!

February 22nd 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

sounds like baths? will check

March 7th 2013


Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think it sounds like Baths. :x

March 7th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

yeah it doesn't this shit is boring af

March 7th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

Not a bad little album this.

March 12th 2013


Album Rating: 3.0

oh quick review it's a crazy album literally all the songs are good

i mean full dance material or least the most chilled section can surely play a run or 2

Flume is surely is an amazing artist with only 1 album he has surely grasped attention.


March 19th 2013


Album Rating: 4.5

The only song I don't really like is More Than You Thought. The rest is really enjoyable and according

to Last.fm, this is my most listened to album spanning the last 6 months. If I go back a year it's #7

so it's safe to say it has tickled my fancy.

May 2nd 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

Holdin on is a right fucking tune

June 29th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

ultimate album to chill to

July 31st 2013


Album Rating: 5.0

I agree with everything, but I recommend tracks like 'Insane' and 'Change' over 'Stay Close'. Especially Insane, that song was incredible live and is my favourite from this album.

August 29th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

This lad is fucking unbelievable live. Go see him.

September 2nd 2013



October 11th 2013


yeah he was actually super good live last night, created a good setting for me to allure a solid 6 home

October 16th 2013


1. – Intro feat. Stalley
2. – Space Cadet feat. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut
3. – Insane feat. Killer Mike & Moon Holiday
4. – Stay Close feat. Boldy James, Alexander Spit & Aaron Cohen
5. – Holdin On feat. Freddie Gibbs
6. – Change feat. How To Dress Well
7. – Warm Thoughts feat. Grande Marshall & Goldie Glo
8. – Sleepless feat. Twin Shadow & Jezzabell Doran
9. – HyperParadise feat. M.O.P. (Flume Mixtape Version)

December 1st 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

This and his chet faker mixes are some serious shit, like awesome

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