Flume’s irresistible rise to the top is near complete with the electronic music producer today winning the J Award for his debut self-titled album.
“Flume” beat out recordings from the likes of the Drones, RUFUS, Cloud Control, Jagwar Ma and Big Scary for the annual honor, awarded by the national Triple J network in recognition of the best Australian album of the year.
The twenty-one year old muso – whose real name is Harley Streten – saw “Flume” rise to No. 1 on the ARIA Albums chart earlier this year having initially been held-off the top spot by One Direction. He scooped four trophies at the annual Australian Independent Music Awards in Melbourne and he’s up for another eight wins at this Sunday’s ARIA Awards.
The album award was presented at a ceremony in Sydney today, though Flume missed the occasion for good reason – he’s on tour in Europe. Triple J music director Richard Kingsmill explained that Flume’s set was “remarkable for so many reasons. It had equal measures of light and dark, upbeat and mellow, straightforward and obscure. Where he will take his music now is as exciting a prospect as this album has been for us all in 2013.”
The J Awards is in its ninth year, and has previously be won by Wolfmother (2005), Hilltop Hoods (2006), The Panics (2007), The Presets (2008), Sarah Blasko (2009), Gotye (2011) and Tame Impala (2010 + 2012), Boy & Bear (2010), Ball Park Music (2011) and The Rubens (2012).
Also during today's event, Melbourne emcee Remi took out the Unearthed artist of the year trophy, while Clubfeet’s remarkable clip for “Everything You Wanted” won for Australian music video of the year. Clubfeet’s visual creation, directed by Josh Thomas, has inspired imitations from artists as far-flung as Turkey and Japan.