Fans of three-piece Australian live-electronic outfit RÜFÜS DU SOL can finally exhale their collectively held breathe, SOLACE has arrived. SOLACE represents a darker thematic shift in the band’s songwriting, tackling themes of depression and introspection, while still remaining true to what got them here in the first place: infectious deep house grooves, melodic breakdowns and an atmospheric presence from start to finish.
RÜFÜS DU SOL has experienced a steady rise to becoming one of the most successful and influential live-electronic bands in recent memory. Following their platinum certified albums Atlas in 2013 and Bloom in 2016, SOLACE is set to launch them into the stratosphere and cement their place in music history.
Comprised of vocalist and guitarist Tyrone Lindqvist, keyboardist Jon George, and drummer James Hunt, the band now calls California home, and spent much of the last year writing the album from their home studio on Rose Avenue in Venice Beach. The trio largely used the beautiful and drastically contrasting landscapes of California’s beaches and deserts as inspiration for the album, but also credit their customized home studio as just what they needed to enhance their creative output.
In a fantastic feature piece written by Valerie Lee for Mixmag, the group detailed how the space came together while they worked on the album:
“A friend of ours – a shaman of sorts – came in one day, with a compass in his hand, and started sizing up the room. Over the course of six weeks he brought in different things – shells from the ocean, branches from a Joshua tree – and transformed it into a trippy space. It was indulgent, but we needed it – to get lost in it.” – James Hunt
In order to create SOLACE, the group essentially started from scratch. They deleted their sample pack, and entered the studio with nothing but their hands, instruments, and the inspirations on the wall. “It forced us to think outside the box, and allowed us to be a bit more free,” explained Tyrone Lindqvist (Mixmag).
SOLACE is made up of nine tracks, power packed with some of the most emotional lyricism you’ll ever hear. The storytelling is top-notch, and just might cause you to shed a tear or two. Not only is SOLACE one of the best electronic albums of the year, it deserves recognition as one of the best albums of the year, period.
Rufus will be embarking on a world tour to support the album, including three sold out stops at Los Angeles’ Shrine Expo Hall and New York’s Terminal 5, and one stop on New Year’s Day at The Domain in their hometown of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Please read Valerie Lee’s Mixmag feature piece on RÜFÜS DU SOL here for a deeper dive into the sonic world of SOLACE, and please enjoy the record in its entirety below, out now on Rose Avenue / Reprise Records.
SOLACE Tour Dates:
10/24/2018 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
10/25/2018 Atlanta, GA Roxy Theatre
10/26/2018 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Festival
10/27/2018 Houston, TX House of Blues
10/28/2018 Austin, TX Emo’s
10/30/2018 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
10/31/2018 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
11/1/2018 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Expo Hall
11/2/2018 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Expo Hall
11/3/2018 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Expo Hall
11/6/2018 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
11/9/2018 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
11/10/2018 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
11/11/2018 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
11/13/2018 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
11/14/2018 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
11/15/2018 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
11/16/2018 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
11/18/2018 Montreal, QC MTELUS
11/19/2018 Montreal, QC MTELUS
11/20/2018 Boston, MA House of Blues
11/21/2018 Boston, MA House of Blues
11/23/2018 New York, NY Terminal 5
11/24/2018 New York, NY Terminal 5
11/25/2018 New York, NY Terminal 5
11/29/2018 London, UK Printworks
11/30/2018 Birmingham, UK The Mill
12/1/2018 Glasgow, UK Queen Margaret Union
12/2/2018 Manchester, UK Academy 2
12/5/2018 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg
12/6/2018 Paris, FR Le Trabendo
12/7/2018 Cologne, DE Bürgerhaus Stollwerck
12/8/2018 Berlin, DE Gretchen
01/1/2019 Sydney, AU The Domain
Credit: Valerie Lee – Mixmag