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by The Flumes

Electric Harp pouring out psychedelic melodies over stylin atmospheric grooves woven with soulful vocals, laying down a lushly funky, dark and sparkling, cinematic brew.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Climbin the Vine
5:15 $1.50
2. Swell
5:17 $1.50
3. Firefly
5:13 $1.50
4. The Scenic Route
4:50 $1.50
5. Underwhelmed
7:33 $1.50
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
In February 2011 The Flumes went into Studio B for 4 days at Griffith University's conservatory of music. This was a departure from previous recordings. Until this point, The Flumes had recorded themselves exclusively in a home-studio environment. The advantage of recording in a controlled space, having access to quality microphones and front-end gear is clear in the final product. Due to having limited time the whole process was meticulously planned. Beginning with home-recorded beds consisting mainly of bass-lines and carefully constructed tempo envelopes, the Flumes hit the studio running and thanks to the wit and professional focus of engineer Ryan Maroney, managed to commit the instrumentation for 5 songs in 4 days.

The Flumes recording process usually starts with the Harp going down first. The recording of “Swell” used the same approach with Kayt in Studio B's beautiful big live room using a Rode NT1 and an AKG414, all of the Harp tracks as well as acoustic guitar and Cello started with a crystal clear acoustic recording. Next came Drums and percussion in the small dead room, followed by re-recording the Bass, and finally some scratch vocals. The outro of 'Underwhelmed' was recorded live in the Studio.

The final vocals were recorded over 1 long day at Pix Records, Connonndale; at the head-waters of the Sunshine Coast's Mary Valley. Pix is a masterful technician – and a veritable wizard of the microphone – and able to pull the best performance out of musicians.

The whole thing was then taken back home and the long mix began. The Flumes live sound relies on the Harp's amp sound, so Kayt's Fender Acoustasonic consequently spent a lot of time in the Flumes' pantry in front of various microphones with the Studio B Harp tracks being re-amped through it. The pantry ended up having a real work-out with all of the electric guitar over-dubs being recorded in there, as well as vocals for 'The Scenic Route'.

With all the recording done over five days in February and March 2011, the final mix took until mid-May to settle in. Once it was done, the stems went back to Pix and were re-rendered and mastered through his racks of beautiful analog hardware.

The CD cover artwork was designed by Kayt and Steph and packages 5 blissful tracks. 'Climbin the Vine' and 'Underwhelmed' – tracks 1 and 5 – have since gone on to receive Highly Commended in the 2011 Queensland Music Awards.

The Flumes are:

Kayt Wallace – Harp, Vocals
Stephan Beattie – Bass, Guitars, Vocals
Damien Jones – Drums, precussion


Ryan Maroney – Percussion
Kate Bergman – Cello
Gavin Rossetti – Guitars on 'Swell'

Engineered by Ryan Maroney and Pix Van Mason.
Mixed by The Flumes.
Mastered by Pix Van Mason.



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