RÜFÜS DU SOL, the Grammy-nominated live electronic trio, have announced the release of their fourth album, ‘Abandonment, ‘and his third single,’On my knees, ‘(download) via Avenue of Roses and Reprise / Warner Records.
RÜFÜS builds its own world with ‘Abandonment‘, an album written on their own terms. Even though they write songs and perform in front of crowds that shatter the traditional glass ceiling for dance numbers, the group’s electronic roots provide a proud point of differentiation from other live artists who sell in stadiums.
The new album and previous versions.
‘On my knees‘is a gloomy overview of the darkest trends of RÜFÜS DU SOL, playing with honest emotions and painful lyricism, demonstrating what sets them apart in the electronic space. While the previous singles’Living‘ and ‘Next to me‘expressed a desire for love and romance,’On my knees‘has a feeling of dread, which is linked to the powerful title’Abandonment. ‘ The band pays homage to the industrial sounds and sounds of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, as well as the lyrical intensity that has defined their careers.
Tyrone Linqvist sings hauntingly “If you could see me now, I would probably let you down… Looks like I’m on my knees again, I feel like the walls are closing.”
For this song, we had a lot of fun writing something darker, catchy, and a little more edgy. It’s definitely one of the most impactful tracks on the album – we referenced some of our favorite club tunes for the drum lineup and had fun imagining when we could finally play this. live. He had an amazing reaction at our Red Rocks shows last month which was really special for us. – James Hunt
RÜFÜS DU SOL is a band synonymous with tension, they came together thanks to the push and pull of the dance floor, have a live whose passion lies on the dance floor and lyricists who spread their personal pain for thousands of people to dance to. The album inhabits a deep, lush, organic, but electronic world, from the first touches of ‘Next to me‘to the propulsive breath of’On my knees. ‘
This world building has been at the center of RÜFÜS DU SOL since its inception, its name meaning to evoke a destination from another world, a future point to which the group dreamed of arriving from their rooms in Sydney, and, later, recording studios in Berlin and LA. Surrender needed this vision because they wrote songs to transcend the intimacy of the world they were creating together in an apartment studio downstairs in Hollywood. Therefore, they have created a record that is more daring, courageous and far reaching than anything they have done before.
The group comments on the album.
The accompanying music video was filmed in August at the Red Rocks Amphitheater during a one-of-a-kind show rehearsal.. Alex ‘Katzki’ George, the group’s creative director, worked with UK-based director and animation artist Ruff Mercy to create visuals / animations for the video, giving it a more ’90s rave vibe dark. Ruff Mercy has worked with artists such as Thom Yorke, Disclosure, Run The Jewels and major brands such as Nike, Apple, Adidas and many more.
We had been fans of Ruff Mercy for quite some time and started talking to him during the lockdown last year. At first we had some ideas of what might be possible if we couldn’t leave our rooms. After a lot of back and forth it all fell into place pretty quickly and we ended up shooting the video for a twenty minute interval during our rehearsals of the Red Rocks show.
It was the first time the band played it live as well as the first time we saw it and it took on a life of its own. It was very raw, but like us in our element.
There was really good energy in the room from all of these people working on our live show, and changing tracks to shoot that seemed to get the best out of everyone (our lighting and show crew). live, as well as Leah who managed to capture the song’s kinetic electricity.)
We were all pretty tired from the long days in the rehearsal space, but once we found a window to shoot Jon, James and Ty gave these busy performances in the short time we had.
It was so captivating that what we thought was a full-length animated clip became mostly a performance clip. It was really great to be able to share this with Ruff and see him do his thing.
It was like making music. Share songs across the world and get another artist’s perspective. – Alex ‘Katzki’ George
As the group returns to the stage for their North American tour and array of festival performances, they once again feel the immense demand for their live comeback. Two sold-out evenings at Red Rocks Amphitheater; 70,000 fans wait to see them perform for three nights at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles; festival appearances at Governors Ball, Austin City Limits and III Points; and a host of other shows across the Southwestern United States are a stark reminder of their global musical influence.