The song is from Flume’s upcoming new album, Palaces, which will be released on May 20.
Flume, the Grammy-winning singer, has released the video for “Sirens,” which was directed by Daniel Askill (Sia, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, etc.) and features Caroline Polachek. Danny L Harle co-wrote and co-produced the song, which is taken from Flume’s upcoming new album, Palaces, which will be released on May 20 on Future Classic and Transgressive (pre-order/pre-save it here).
“This incredible tune by Flume and Caroline motivated us to make a video that exists at the crossroads of nature and technology, transcendence and materiality,” Askill explains. “We were fortunate to have an extraordinary team of collaborators that planned and built the beautiful setting, including Jonathan Zawada, Dion Lee, Khalid Mohtaseb, Serial Pictures, and Glenn Stewart at Collider.”
Flume will also perform music from Palaces for the first time at Coachella this weekend and next, ahead of the Flume World Tour, which kicks off in April with stops in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and two sold-out nights at Red Rocks in addition to lineup-topping sets at several festivals, and a U.K. and Europe run this summer with stops in London, Berlin, and Paris, as well as festival appearances at Pohoda Festival, Dour Festival, and Super Floating Points, Channel Tres, Tinashe, Magdalena Bay, and more are among the supporting bands. Tickets can be purchased at flu.me.
“Sirens,” which was included in The New York Times Playlist and described as “heavenly” by Uproxx, comes after Palaces’ debut release, “Say Nothing” featuring MAY-A, which received great acclaim in February. More vocalists and collaborators from around the world appear on the album, including British polymath Damon Albarn, Spain’s Vergen Maria, France’s Oklou, and fellow Australian Kuka, who returns after her breakthrough performance on Skin.
When Flume returned to Australia after struggling to write music in Los Angeles at the start of the pandemic, Palaces began to take shape. He relocated to a coastal village in New South Wales’ Northern Rivers region, where he discovered inspiration by reconnecting with nature—the rolling hills, strolling around barefoot, the green color the sky turns before a large storm, producing and eating his own veggies, and the scent of rain.
He and his longstanding colleague and neighbor, visual artist Jonathan Zawada, grew attracted by the surrounding fauna, particularly birds, and began recording field recordings for the album. Palaces is Flume’s most confident, mature, and uncompromising work to date, a true monument to sustaining the relationships that make us whole and provide us peace, with a title that correctly underlines the luxury and magic of the natural world.
Flume (born Harley Streten) shot to fame as a youngster after releasing his self-titled first album in 2012, which catapulted him to international fame. His 2016 album Skin was certified Platinum worldwide, earning him his first Grammy Award for Best/Dance Electronic Album. That year, he went on to sell over 300,000 tickets worldwide during a sold-out, 59-city world tour, including headlining appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, as well as the prestigious Alexandra Palace. Flume’s critically praised Hi This Is Flume mixtape got him his second Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album in 2019, and he headlined concerts at festivals around the world including Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Outside Lands, Summersonic in Japan, C2C in Italy, and more.
A new line of goods has been released to coincide with the release of the new album, as well as special physical editions of Palaces, which are now available for pre-order, including vinyl, limited-edition deluxe CD (with initial orders autographed by the artist), normal CD, and cassette.
Here’s the link to the new song video: