Find­ing So­lace in a quiet storm

Herald Sun - Hit - - MUSIC - with CAMERON ADAMS

SO­LACE RÜFÜS DU SOL (SONY)

Back in 2015/16 Syd­ney dance band Rüfüs were all over Triple J with dance/pop bangers You Were Right and Like an An­i­mal.

Their se­cond al­bum Bloom de­buted at No.1 on the ARIA chart but Top 40 ra­dio were too busy sat­u­rat­ing long-term artists OMI and Lunch­money Lewis to sup­port lo­cal tal­ent mak­ing ra­dio-ready hits.

It’s baf­fling. Now of­fi­cially known as Rüfüs Du Sol here as well as in­ter­na­tion­ally, that didn’t stop the trio sell­ing out tour af­ter tour world­wide.

Where Bloom was born in Berlin, So­lace was the prod­uct of Cal­i­for­nia’s Venice Beach.

Once again it’s a dif­fer­ent sound, a lit­tle less in­stant than

Bloom or their de­but At­las. With the elec­tronic dance mu­sic scene turn­ing for­mu­laic and pre­dictable, they’ve gone deeper and darker.

So­lace is as in­spired by the am­bi­ent elec­tro sound­scapes of Jon Hop­kins and Brian Eno as much as dig­i­tal pioneers like Gior­gio Moroder.

Opener Treat You Bet­ter is a slow­burner — by the nine­ty­sec­ond mark the wide-screen house beats in­tro­duce them­selves and the whole thing starts to build, with lay­ers of har­monies and whizzing synths. They know their way around a cho­rus by now.

Eyes fires up a dark new wave robo-groove, stick­ing to the less is more ethos here.

New Sky is an­other pas­sive at­tack — fir­ing up ten­sion with­out lazy tricks or drops.

The ti­tle track spe­cialises in in­ti­macy — mu­si­cally and lyri­cally — which is of­ten rare ter­rain for this genre.

Like the last al­bum’s epic In­nerbloom, here An­other Life un­packs nearly seven min­utes of tex­tures and emo­tions.

Dance mu­sic can create eu­pho­ria by start­ing with the head, while still re­mem­ber­ing to get around to the feet.

VER­DICT A dig­i­tal storm in the desert

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