Judging by his electronic wizardry, Flume is definitely a product of the i-generation. Born in 1991, Harley Streten has never known a world without the internet, and might just be one of the poster children of an era that’s (maybe) destined to be the fastest-growing humans ever. Streten’s taken his piece of it (so far) and created a smooth, appealing world of sonic bliss. His world floats above bass-heavy rhythms and soulful vocal samples, approaching the weight of dubstep, but never succumbing (or making you succumb) to the urge to blast beat the fuck out of the entire landscape.
In short, Flume is a well-earned break from dubstep, the music you hear after crawling back into the sunlight from a candy-coated world of wub and thump, still fresh from whichever mindwrench you used to make sense of the beats, sounds, screeches, bodies and grinds of the night before. These afternoons, as you walk back to your dorm room in broad daylight to sleep, everything looks like it was cleaned, dusted, new and exciting – in a calm, easy way. And your mind makes the music of Flume while you acclimate.
In case you don’t know what we’re talking about (and we’re sure you do), check out the video below to get a taste. Streten is wrapping up the western US leg of a world tour Saturday night (9/7) at the Fox Theatre in Boulder (sorry, it’s officially SOLD OUT). Get there to catch the breeze yourself, too (you can hang out on the Hill). RIFYL Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, Com Truise, Darkstar.
Here’s more bio from Flume’s tour PR: “Flume got his first taste for producing at age 13 from the most unlikely of places – a music production program he found in a cereal box. Taking a no-holds-barred attitude to music creation, Flume takes inspiration from a wide variety of sources and scenes distilling his sound into a melodic bass heavy style that is uniquely his own.
Flume … is equally popular in his native Australia, with across the board support from national alternative broadcaster Triple J and taste-making community stations and blogs. His debut EP ‘Sleepless’ was soft released in August 2011 and enjoyed the #1 on the iTunes Australia Electronic Chart for several weeks and was in the top 10 for several months.
Flume’s production ability is matched by his live show, which has come into full effect after touring with the xx, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Chet Faker as well as numerous Australian festival performances (including Parklife, Splendour in the Grass), a couple of sold-out Australian tours and eight acclaimed showcases at this year’s CMJ conference.
Enjoy “Insane (Featuring Moon Holiday),” below: