I know I got to go. I know I got to see this through.
I’m hoping that you’ll be there, hoping that you’ll feel this too.
1. 22. 16
Hailing from Sydney Austrailia, the indie dance trio RÜFÜS DU SOL (also known as RÜFÜS) just released their second full-length, Bloom. I never heard of this group until researching music set to be released this Friday. It was Tyrone Lindqvist’s voice that initially caught my attention. Extremely catchy without sounding cliche, Lindqvist provides a consistent smooth layering over the synths on the record. The synths create an atmosphere fun enough to blare at a party, while also chill enough to have playing quietly in the background during a homework session. A major uncertainty of mine entering the record was that all eleven songs would sound the same. Rather than an accumulation of creativity, the record would be a compilation of unoriginal songs with no distinctness or diversity. The first half, outside of “Say a Prayer for Me”, is stylistically upbeat. Without the right context or understanding, it could be easy to assume RÜFÜS is one-dimensional as I had feared; however, the second half, outside of “Tell Me”, follows a slower and seemingly more contemplative approach. Some of melodies could be stronger, in songs like “Say a Prayer For Me” and “Lose My Head”. Another potential sign of RÜFÜS’ inability to think outside the box could be with some of their basic and repetitive song structures. Fortunately, their lack of an inability to be creative at times is counterbalanced by other unique songs, particularly“Innerbloom”. This song is a journey by instrumentally an lyrically. A reflection on identity and desire.
Feels like I’m dreaming / Like I’m walking / Walking by your side / Keeps on repeating / Repeating / So free my mind / All the talking / Wasting all your time / I’ve given all that I’ve got / If you want me / If you need me / I’m yours
Bloom ends on this 9 minute and 38 second high-note. But more importantly, we are reminded that far beyond RÜFÜS’ sound lies a deep desire for love dependent upon the fear and risk of dependence itself.
Favorite Songs: You Were Right, Until the Sun Needs to Rise, Innerbloom
Top 10 Potential: No
Album Cover: 6/10
What are your thoughts on the album? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? I’d love to hear what you are thinking. Was there another album released this Friday you want to recommend to myself and others to listen to? Feel free to post any thoughts or recommendations below!
Other Notable Releases
De Rosa – Weem