EDM Star Flume Blazes a New Path
Andrew Gospe of The Seattle Times looks at what makes Flume's sound so accessible yet distinct from the majority of dance music artists.This article originally appeared on The Seattle Times
The performer has a broad appeal that’s elusive in electronic dance music. He performs in three sold-out shows at the Paramount in Seattle.
The producer Harley Streten, who performs under the name Flume, has a broad appeal that’s elusive in electronic dance music. That’s clear enough from the fact that he’s playing three sold-out nights at the Paramount starting Thursday, Aug. 4, but it’s also apparent when you listen to his music.
The forceful drums, ample low-end and laid-back tempos appeal to a generation weaned on hip-hop. The melodic elements — mild digital synths, plaintive piano chords, agreeably pretty vocals — are far gentler than one-time genre-defining acts such as Skrillex or Bassnectar...