Byron Bay’s ‘King of Chill’ Bobby Alu has released his cruisy new album Flow into the world.
A labour of love over four years with producer Paulie Bromley, the album revolves around observing human beings in their natural state of flow.
‘When it’s good, when it’s bad, the realisation and acceptance that it all works together,’ he explains, when asked about the title.
‘[the album] is forty minutes in a hammock.’
With songs woven together across over 20 countries, each with a specific narrative, Flow is an introspective piece of work that mirrors Alu’s journey.
From the opening ‘Afi’ and momentum starter pack ‘Fire’ to the closing call for solitude, ‘Tomorrow’, the album’s influences span Bobby’s Polynesian heritage, his international travels, teachings from rhythm mentor Greg Sheehan and even Dr.Seuss.
Bobby Alu’s frank observations of the world around him are written atop lively drum beats, acoustic ukulele riffs and soothing vocals.
Alu releases Flow in the midst of a packed year of live shows, performing 59 times across Australia and North America in the last year alone.