The band formerly known as Rüfüs are back with their new album ‘Solace’.
Perhaps best known for their breakout hit ‘You Were Right’, the band has returned to their electronic-based roots, aiming for something less mainstream and more their own.
The thing I love about good electronic music is when the album is curated in a way that it can be listened to like a soundtrack. ‘Solace’ is one of those albums.
The boys from Sydney (now based in Los Angeles) manage to veer away from top 40 hit standards yet maintain a radio-friendly vibe to the songs included here.
Released earlier this year, ‘No Place’ was chosen as the lead single for good reason. Its hypnotic rhythms paired with catchy hooks and great sonic layering make it a brilliant moment on this album. It’s my favourite song turned up loud in the car, cruising down the freeway. Its richness is found in its arrangement; something I long for with this style of music.
The home runs keep coming with songs like ‘Eyes’ and ‘Lost In My Mind’ which continue the feel through the album. The music is both rich and dark, but remains well balanced. There are some quieter moments too which I enjoyed as well, like on album closer ‘Another Life’.
Instead of bringing in famous singers to participate, vocals are kept in house which, for the most part, works for me. I’d have liked to see a bit more variety in this department just for the sake of something different, but I think it’s a sign that they aren’t following a trend – they are making music their way.
At only nine songs long, it’s a short album that leaves you longing for more. But it’s also impressive to hear brilliant local talent producing world-class electronic and dance music that still attracts mainstream attention.
‘Solace’ is a definite must-add to your playlists for 2018 and beyond.
VERDICT : 4/5.
MUST LISTEN : No Place, Eyes, Solace.