Flume and Toro y Moi want you to feel like everything is OK. Or at least, that’s the vibe of “The Difference” — the collaboration track encouraging the world to bring what they have to the table.
The track opens with an understated chill-pop melody which takes a concreteness with the inclusion of the percussion. It’s catchy: you can dance to this track, but in its brevity it brings a relief, and reminders of cool summers of the past.
The lyrics are almost too on-point. “I don’t know about you but I got to get it out and I don’t know how soon / But if we die, I want to bring the whole thing,” plays over a split-screen divide that is slowly evolving and dissolving into psychedelic splotches. Chaz Bear, better known as Toro y Moi, is on the left, focused and up-close, while Harley Streten, AKA Flume, runs down South Anderson Street on the right as the world shifts and continues around him.
What unknown are they brought into, and how do we go back to the calm? Playing this clip over again might be a first step to understanding.