SET MO navigate the intricacies of change and evolution on sophomore album FLUX
Sydney’s SET MO have long been at the forefront of fresh and enticing electronic sounds; it has been in their forward-thinking approach to songwriting and production that Stu Turner and Nick Drabble have found their rhythm.
And with over 150 million streams and multiple gold and platinum accredited releases to their name, it’s clear that the audience Set Mo have cultivated for themselves across the last decade are enamoured by their approach as well.
2023 sees Set Mo embark on their boldest musical chapter to date, with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore studio album, FLUX. A record that zeroes in on the concept of change itself, and its effect on the human condition – regardless of if the changes are good or bad – Flux is Set Mo operating at an untouchable creative peak.
At 13 tracks of immersive electronic music, Flux is the type of album that beckons the listener to dive in and enjoy the kaleidoscopic journey on offer.
Featuring singles ‘Second Line (ft. Sumner)’, ‘Out My Mind (ft. Jess Kent)’, ‘On Fire’, ‘Feelings’, ‘Something To Dream Of’, and their most recent release, ‘Let Yourself Go’, Flux represents different emotional pathways and responses to life-altering change.
As the listening experience unfolds, the music weaves its way through moments of euphoria and catharsis (‘Choose You First’, ‘Let Yourself Go’); sweat and palpitation inducing beats (‘Accelerate’, ‘Here We Go’, ‘On Fire’); and moments of bright poignancy (‘Helios’, ‘All I Need’).
For Set Mo, the Flux creative process began taking shape as both Turner and Drabble found themselves in unique periods of personal flux. Pandemic aside, the duo experienced loss and new frontiers: both lost their grandparents, and while Turner was navigating his way through the end of a long-term relationship, Drabble was learning to balance fatherhood as a new element of his life.
“So many things had changed, some of which we’d chosen but most we had no say in. A concept we were really intrigued by is how change is constant/inevitable, however it’s our perception of this that can shape how we view it; good or bad, happy or sad.
In a nutshell this album is about change; how it affects us, how often we have no control or say in shifts in our lives but how we do have control over how we respond to it. Each track explores a more specific aspect of this.”
Moving into a new studio in 2020, Set Mo were able to refocus their vision and pour themselves into new inspirations and more importantly, introspection. The final product, raw and impassioned, directly mirroring the sharpened direction Set Mo are taking, as they step into a new spotlight with the release of Flux.
“We spent two years of lockdown writing solely in our studio, just the two of us. This was a huge shift from our first album, which was written almost exclusively ‘in the box’ on the computer in studios all around the world. We wrote over 100 demos during this time which meant we ended up picking the very best tracks that fitted into this concept.”
PRAISE FOR SET MO
“undisputed title as one of Australia’s most-adored dance acts.” Secret Sounds
“They’re one of the hardest-working electronic acts on the market at the moment – from their rigorous touring schedule to their constant releases.” Pilerats
“invigorating electro-dance treat…. of pulsing beats, vibrant synths and golden percussion.” Acid Stag
“Set Mo have gone above and beyond in cementing their name in Aus music history over the past few years, levelling up from club circuit regulars to something of a national treasure off the back of a some huge release that have all raked in millions of streams across the board.” Stoney Roads
FLUX is released FRIDAY 21 APRIL