Flume
Skin Companion ll


3.1
good

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
February 18th, 2017 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Everything that I say is everything that I mean.

If subtlety was the defining aspect of Flume’s debut, his most recent output with Skin leans hard in the opposite direction; sensory overdrive, typified by duelling synth patterns, a constant barrage of trapped-up hi-hats, and big-name, out-of-place features. It’s not a bad direction, per se, but it does lend itself to a quality of overproduction, as the ridiculously overcooked “Say It” and “Never Be Like You” can attest. On Harley Streten’s most recent batch of leftovers, the appropriate and boringly titled Skin Companion EP II, he provides another slice of ridiculous, in-your-face, blissed-out wonk, replete with samples, drums, and really big names in the parenthesis.

Predictably, there’s very little flow with the material here- these are leftovers, natch- and the issues apparent on Skin as it relates to overproduction and excess are ever-present. However, Straten’s relative economy of time- 16 minutes, as opposed to the laborious hour-length of this EP’s parent album- means that these tracks lend themselves better to self-curation and individual listening. Opener “Enough” features a reliably strong verse from Pusha T, who refuses to sing hooks, instead peddling bricks of cocaine with the hard-nosed braggadocio expected from the King. It could have easily slipped into Skin- not least where the misplaced Vic Mensa verse was prior- and provided that album a better hip-hop flank, matching well with Vince Staples’ similarly forceful “Smoke & Retribution.” Elsewhere, Glass Animals appear on closer “Fantastic,” providing their suitably Oxford-inspired, literary observations of television culture that defined the better part of last year’s How to Be a Human Being. Together, these two tracks provide the bulwark of the EP, proving far more exciting than many of the leftovers that found their way into Skin’s generous runtime, more than making up for the EP’s weaker half, including a Chet Faker-lite Moses Sumney feature and a frivolous solo moment in “Depth Charge.” It’s worth bearing in mind however that, taken with the 24 other tracks Flume has released in the last year, Skin Companion EP II directs towards a broader, cohesive project somewhere amongst the glut. For what it is, though- a standalone EP- it is a worthwhile moment of looseness, proving that, though Streten can be gratuitous, he also has his brief moments of casual greatness.




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EliteTaste
February 17th 2017


1067 Comments


ugh flume
ugh arcade sold out
ugh

dreamgazing
February 17th 2017


1293 Comments


Arcade ill pay for a sun kil moon review

Tyler.
February 17th 2017


15255 Comments


ugh


Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2017


56156 Comments


God I can't believe the caliber of person getting promoted to staff these days

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ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2017


2549 Comments


your score of this album is my score of flume in general

FullOfSounds
February 18th 2017


15764 Comments


So this is better than Skin?

ZippaThaRippa
February 18th 2017


10451 Comments


I really hate the 'use a lyrics excerpt for the summary.' Reading from the front page, you get no indication of what to expect. Low effort stuff.

EphemeralEternity
February 19th 2017


3126 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[2]

ultra ambiguous summaries irritate the fuck out of me

FullOfSounds
February 19th 2017


15764 Comments


I think it's acceptable when the lyrics represent the album well

EphemeralEternity
February 19th 2017


3126 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i'd be alright with that if the album rating were to be appended to front page staff reviews but otherwise i'd like to be able to have a cursory glance at a front page review and ascertain the reviewers sentiment without having to click on it (my time is very precious you see)

dub sean
February 19th 2017


1000 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

flume may have pioneered a certain sound and production technique but other producers are doing it so much better these days

granitenotebook
February 20th 2017


760 Comments


good review

"enough" is the most exciting thing Flume has put out in a long time

climactic
February 23rd 2017


22322 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

prod on the first song is so fucking sick

brandontaylor
February 25th 2017


726 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

song with pusha t is so good, but the solo track is boring. overall tho probably better than skin and the last EP (but not as great as the debut)



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