Entering music in a blind and hazy state sometimes pays dividends. 3 weeks ago I might have questioned whether 'Flume' was actually a shoddy surf-rock band.. Real name Harley Streten, it turns out it's not they, but he, who is Flume, the electronic one-stop-shop from Oz. His debut full-length - that is self-titled Flume - aims to take him out of Australia alone, and drop him across the Ocean to our ears.

On first listen he sounds like Example. But is that good thing? The world might not be ready for two Example's, but his heavyweight approach to electronic certainly sees him go way above the current one you'll know. Opener 'Sintra' is all very nice, but perhaps too repetitive and stale. The Chet Faker featuring 'Left Alone' brings things a little more together, but still seems on a completely different sonic level to the previous 2 and a half minutes.

Things heat up marginally with 'Sleepless', a former single, which showcases Jezzabell Doran on vocals. Well-crafted layers of electronic from the mastermind just fit together better here, whilst it manages to pick up again, as the album goes onto its highlight with the R&B and rap reverberating 'On Top'. Stripping things back for a low-fi moment of bliss with George Marple on 'Bring You Down' is another success, as is 'What You Need'. At times it just feels like he's created two albums worth of material and tried to mash them together. The result is occasionally pretty, but regularly results in you losing interest. In the near future some tracks like 'Ezra', are bland enough that they might even be playing in call centres in the background whilst you wait.

Much like a water flume (it was never going to be easy to get through this review without starting that pun, was it now) it's enjoyable, but short-lived. At times, you'll feel like you're just drifting away from the music, and it's certainly not down to being a 'you' thing. The electronic can be encouraging, but much of the house-y vibes that come on 'Insane' for example, are where there's that hint of something brilliant. It's only a shame it isn't sustained. It's not like pulling teeth, but is sure as heck isn't painless and it's almost as if the artists that feature on what should be Flume's tracks, just about pull him through.