Fluir is vulnerable yet defiant on ‘Change’
Sydney artist FLUIR has given us the first taste of her debut EP with ‘Change’, a uncompromising electro-pop cut produced by Sam Littlemore of PNAU.
Fluir (pronounced “flu-e-air”) crafts evocative electro-pop with a uniquely personal edge. Picture glitzy 80s synth-pop with the slightly punk nature of Tegan and Sara and you’ve got the idea. Tracks like ‘Only One’ earned her high rotation on Triple J and showcased this personal synth-pop side, while cuts like ‘I’ve Gotta Have You’ played with a more upbeat and disco-tinged style. ‘Change’ is Fluir at her most vulnerable – yet musically she’s the most defiant she’s been yet.
What struck me right away about ‘Change’ is how in your face the mix is. The drop around the 1 min mark absolutely punches you in the face, piercing through the mix while Fluir‘s reverb soaked vocals soar over the top. It’s got the luxurious air of synthpop, but the track is remarkably grounded with a heavy electronic twist – which fits pretty nicely with the lyrical themes of slipping away and needing someone to hold onto.
‘Change’ has notes of Fluir‘s best traits including stellar vocals, a neat retro sound and ear worm hooks, but it’s the more personal sound that makes it something really special. You get the sense Fluir is putting herself out there with this track while staying true to her roots, and she pulls it off flawlessly. It’s a tight and tumultuous synth-pop package that shows a side of Fluir we’ve yet to see – as a teaser for her upcoming EP it’s done its job and then some.
WORDS BY MAX LEWIS