Aussie producers Rüfüs whirl us through indie-dance allure in debut album ‘Atlas’
The number of talented producers coming out of Australia lately has been astounding, from the disco fever of Flight Facilities to the glitch hop beats of Flume to the gritty baselines of Tommy Trash. Newcomers Rüfüs have added yet another flavor to the list, this time in the form of indie dance. Selling out shows in cities across their native land, while having single “Take Me” peaking at #2 most played on trendy radio station Triple J, the trio have created quite an impression. With recent sold out shows in New York, North America is also beginning to take notice.
The band released their debut album Atlas on Aussie label Sweat It Out, which encompasses a smooth, forward-thinking style that is truly refreshing. The album was written, produced and recorded by the band, between two DIY studios they built themselves.The title single “Desert Night” stands out amongst the tracks as the strongest with its blush vocal and swift melodic power. “Sundream,” opens the album using vocals to lead the way through piano percussion, bliss-driven production and clever progression. “Take Me” offers a slightly more upbeat indie dance bounce, with the raspy vocals taking precedence over the production. “Tonight,” and “Modest Life,” are ripe in synth pop swirls. “Rendezvous” offers a more emotional play with a slow, sultry feel. “Simplicity Is Bliss” switches things up with a spectrum of tumultuous chords and subtle guitar rifts. “Sarah,” “Unforgiven,” and “Two Clocks” dig a bit deeper while punching in 80s electro nuances. “Imaginary Air” swifts us through a blizmal electronic journey of progressions reminiscent of deadmau5’s early days.
Unfortunately, half way through the album the songs begin to blend together and the focus is placed too much on the vocalist. With such unique production, it would have been nice to hear more purely instrumental tracks in the direction “Imaginary Air” took. That being said, Rüfüs has unlimited potential ahead of them with their forward-thinking sound and clear production talent. The electronic dance world will no doubt begin to take notice.
This is now available for sale in Australia and New Zealand, but those of you in the rest of the world will have to wait a bit longer to purchase.