BS240 Flunk: Under The Covers

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Flunk:
Under The Covers

Format: Digital single
Label: Beatservice Records
Catalogue number: BS240-1
Release date: 22. jan 2021

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Under The Covers


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It's a basic feeling, and most know it (also hedgehogs): how - sometimes - you are just sick of it all, the people and the media noise and the stupidity. And your options are either moving to Mars, consuming a bottle of whisky or spend a week in the woods. Or - if you are a lucky one - you can just stay in bed with your lover.


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Flunk:
I Get You

Format: Digital single
Label: Beatservice Records
Catalogue number: BS240-2
Release date: 5. mar 2021

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I Get You


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Once again Flunk dip their toes into the pop music canon. "I Get You" is a take on the classic male/female duets from the Serge Gainsbourg songbook. A love song about the things only lovers get, if you know what I mean.


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Flunk:
Fingertips

Format: Digital single
Label: Beatservice Records
Catalogue number: BS240-3
Release date: 16. apr 2021

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Fingertips


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Some famously great pop songs apparently have been written in ten or fifteen minutes. 'Fingertips' is that kind of pop song a simple, no bullshit thing.

It probably didn't take more than fifteen minutes to write, but mystically it took eleven years to record. We tried it for 'Lost Causes' and 'Chemistry and Math', but couldn't agree on the sound. So now we just finished it, more or less as we originally played it during rehearsals in 2010...


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Flunk:
History Of Everything Ever

Format: Digital/CD/LP
Label: Beatservice Records
Catalogue number: BS240
Release date: 28. may 2021

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Down Here/Moon Above

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Fingertips

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Midsummer

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Pullover

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What Is Love?

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Fate (Or Coincidence)

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Ashes To Ashes

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Under The Covers

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I Get You

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In The Dark

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Cute Fluffy Things


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A trusty purveyor of melodic feels since 2002, Oslo-based electronic outfit and longtime Beatservice affiliates Flunk follow up to the 2017-released 'Chemistry and Math' with their seventh full-length, 'History of Everything Ever'. Comprised of eleven songs, the album patches together trademark elements of soul-healing downtempo electronics and naive pop, infused in Nordic mystique and faded Americana tropes.

Cutting a path of light in the night, slo-mo ballad "Down Here/Moon Above' catches us in its kaleidoscopic web right away. Innervated by the sensuous vocal flow of lead-singer Anja, the song takes us on a melancholic trip down memory lane where sensitive strings and heartbeat-like rhythmic pulse entangle in one rivetingly cold-warm ballet. More dynamic yet laid-back in equal measure, 'Fingertips' merges the carefree charm of childhood-like lullabies with verbed-out guitar riffs straight out the 90's pop continuum.

Shrouded in the bright yet delicate hues of a summer voyage from the mountains to the sea, 'Midsummer' conquers with its flavourful elixir of nostalgic folk riffs and velveteen vox by the bonfire. Muted and languid to the full, 'Pullover' tickles another sweet spot with its Portishead-ian ambience and abstract geometry, hatching into a further Tricky-esque piece of trip-hop magnetism on the addictively steamy 'What Is Love?'.

Pulling out a fine mix of two-step rhythms, heartrending violins and hazy boreal atmospheres, the highly cinematic 'Fate (or Coincidence)' has us traveling to welcoming ghostly lands and Anja's voice is our vessel. More subdued, neo-classical-imbued affairs, 'Ashes To Ashes' and 'Under The Covers' are pared-down soul-to-soul chatters whereas 'I Get You' highlights once more the band's love for US folk music, but with a vaporous post-modern spin a la The XX.

Luxuriant and lyrical at first, 'In The Dark' ebbs and tides back to a quieter atmospheric vibe as Anja's voice guides us into quicksands of smouldering FX and dissolving envelopes. True to Flunk's ever moody melodic approach, the album's closer 'Cute Fluffy Thing' oscillates between wistful, tear-jerking let-go and vibrant hopefulness, certainly paving the way to brighter, more radiant tomorrows.


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