Australian electronic fan favorites Crooked Colours have done nothing short of derive a delineating indie/electronic formula with "Flow," the first single from their upcoming debut LP.
Guitarist Philip Slabber's smoky vocal work, combined with weighty baselines and sinister echoing electronic embellishments, maintain the trio's well-cultivated dark streak, which gave earlier numbers such as "Capricious" and "Come Down" their market-penetrating sway.
What defines "Flow," besides the seamless indie-electronic marriage, is its ushering of the band's sound away from a slower, emotionally laden R&B influence back into a more dance-driven realm. This time, however, the profile is nimbly energetic and upbeat, as opposed to the slow-burning drops presented in 2015's "Step." This fast-paced progression is well introduced by stripped-down acoustic string plucking, which features both in the powerfully minimal introduction and in a deeper, thoroughly polished bridge.
"Flow" is a refined, finely engineered single and a valiant return from an 18-month hiatus, acting as a telling preview of an exciting LP and the perfect track to tote on an Australian tour throughout the upcoming month.