Feature | September 1, 2016
Who We’re Listening To: Flawes


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UK trio Flawes are coming up quick. Their often dark-tinged, chills-inducing brand of pop has struck a chord with listeners, and their two gorgeous music videos have gave us a glimpse into just how strong this musical vision is. Today, Flawes announced that they’ve signed to Red Bull Records and will be re-releasing their two EPs, Ctrl and Unspkn. We asked each member what songs they can’t get out of their heads lately.

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Josh Carruthers (Lead vocals & Keys): Half Moon Run – “Full Circle”

To be honest any song on the Dark Eyes album could have made this list. The fast paced rhythmic vocal melody combined with the intricate vocal harmonies really captivated me from the start. The fragile acoustic and vocal intro followed by a gradual build of textures climaxing into the euphoric ending, inspired the template of single “Don’t Wait For Me.” Seeing them play this song live is even better.

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Freddie Edwards (Guitar): Jamie Woon – “Sharpness”

I’m a massive fan of this song, for me it was the stand out track of the album Making Time. What I love is that a lot of the chords are quite unusual for a pop song, yet they really help drive the vocal melody. Tracks like this push me to try and think outside the box when coming up with guitar parts, not always necessarily going with the obvious choice of notes.

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Josh (Huss) Hussey (Drums): Purity RingShrines

Particularly “Fineshine” from this album has shaped the way I approach my writing process. I took influence from the way they have used simplistic 808 & 909 sounds and altered them ever so slightly to create new textures that compliment the song. I have found that restricting yourself to a few samples (out of the unlimited number available) really helps to pull the context of a song together; leaving space for other parts to sit and breathe.