Finding Solace in a quiet storm
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