[13/11] New Music Tuesdays: Double Feature! [Crystal Castles // Flume]
Its a big day of new music for all you fine folks out there here on Superlative Sounds! Right now is a time of transitions between the seasons; fall to winter here north of the equator, and spring to summer down under. Both these albums fit this transition perfectly for their respective hemisphere. Crystal Castle’s “III” is more gloomy and haunting perfectly setting up the onset of winter, while Flume’s self titled work has the more upbeat and cheery vibe that the beginning os summer brings!
Crystal Castles seem to operate in a perpetual state of confrontation, conflict, and stress. That works in their favor as they face a new and strange set of challenges on their third album: Their brand of dark electro has proven so influential in recent years that it’s put them in danger of sounding normal in 2012. Their first two records were explosive, unpredictable, and found them living on borrowed time, trying to outlast the blog-house fad that spawned their earliest singles and outstrip a run of bad publicity caused by early copyright disputesand cancelled gigs. “The world is a dystopia where victims don’t get justice and corruption prevails,” Alice Glass recently vented. “I’m one step away from being a vigilante to protect people and bring justice to the people I love.” Indeed, her lyrics on the fiercely aggressive (III)take on a newfound importance, often reading like the broken promises of an overworked guardian angel. Whether you listen to Crystal Castles or not, this is a time of confrontation, conflict, and stress, and the success of (III) is how it brings you close enough to the evil that men do to be shocked, repulsed, and affected by it.
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Second up, we have the stellar new album from Flume, aka Harley Streten, a local Sydney beat maker who’s only 20 years of age! This is the perfect album to stoke those down under for another epic summer season, but for us up north of the equator, this album is equally great at accompanying our sun drenched memories from this past season!
There are a few sounds that define and typify the warmer Australian months. Waves gently lapping at the shore; the constant hiss of snags being sizzled; that infuriating hum a single mosquito makes while buzzing around your bedroom at 3am; the delicate clink of cold beers about to be guzzled poolside; anywhere and everywhere those burning rays of sunshine plant their golden kiss.
They’re pleasantly ubiquitous, these sounds, and they seem to bring with them as much emotional warmth as they do physical: part nostalgia for the fun of summers past; part optimism for whatever may linger tantalisingly on the horizon; wholly agreeable. On the back of young Sydney-based producer Harley Streten’s first full-length offering, it seems that Flume (both as album and artist) will be added to that illustrious list, taking place in the pantheon of great Australian summer noises for at least a little while.
It’s that flexibility that sits right at the heart of what makes Flume such an imposing release: everything seems fully realised, every stylist excursion so wholly worthwhile. Sepia-toned hazes of down tempo glow-fi to billow out over balmy evenings; gooey swathes of sun-drenched synthesizers that seem purpose built for swooping out of radios and down over pool parties; the pre-requisite kind of bass driven bumps and bangs that will get bodies sweating throughout the festival season.
It’s the perfect soundtrack for summer. But more than that, Flume is the sound of an exciting young producer running hot.
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Have an amazing week with these Superlative new albums to listen to!