Australian electronic duo RÜFÜS DU SOL have just announced that their fourth album, Surrender, is set to be released on October 22, and the news follows the release of singles Alive and Next To Me. To mark the occasion, they've released their new single, On My Knees, a track that captures the band's love of club music and showcases their edgier side. The track includes lyrics like “If you could see me now, I’d probably let you down… Looks like I’m on my knees again, feels like the walls are closing in", which pack an emotional punch. It's an intense track and one that both old and new fans will appreciate.
RÜFÜS DU SOL's music has always been perfect for soundtracking the important moments in life, thanks to the intricate production and soaring vocals courtesy of lead singer Tyrone Lindqvist. To celebrate the release of On My Knees, as well as the impending release of Surrender, we've put together a guide to different situations that you'll find yourself in, and which RÜFÜS DU SOL track will make that moment just a little bit better.
Innerbloom, for when you're pondering life's big decisions
RÜFÜS DU SOL's Innerbloom has become an Australian classic thanks to its epic status, as well as the way the song builds on itself before reaching a crescendo at the backend of the track. The near 10-minute runtime of the track provides the perfect length to try and hash out a decision that'll affect your upcoming days, whether it's with yourself, or with those around you.
The chorus of the track, "So free my mind/All the talking/Wasting all your time/I'm giving all/That I've got", feels like it could even be part of the conversation. It's a reminder that whatever decision you want to make, or end up making, you've got to commit to it 100%. The closing track off Bloom stays with you from the first moment you hear it, making it an apt choice for when you're at a fork in the road.
Next To Me, for when you're spending time with that special someone
Time spent with loved ones is never wasted, and Next To Me is a great reminder of that. From the moment the repeating piano riff opens the song, you can feel the warmth that's present on the track. It's a warmth that can't be faked, and it's a great reminder of the emotional range that RÜFÜS DU SOL possess.
If you're looking to show someone just how much they mean to you, or you're looking for a way to explain it to yourself, then this is a great track to process your love for those in your community. It's hard not to feel euphoric while listening to this track, especially when the drop hits.
Alive, for when you're celebrating the feeling of existence
Let's be real - in the last 18 months or so, there's been scarce to celebrate. We're in the middle of a global pandemic, so it's hard to feel too much joy. Thankfully, tracks like RÜFÜS DU SOL's epic return, Alive, remind us all that this too is temporary, and this too shall pass.
The lyrics for Alive are a reminder of this push-and-pull dynamic between dread and delight, but in the end, the joy of living triumphs. As Tyrone belts out, "I'm coming back again/I wanna live tonight" over some seriously cinematic production, it's a reminder to reflect on the simpler joys in life, like a lazy day spent with the person you care about most.
Unforgiven, for when someone's hurt you deeply
The lyrics to RÜFÜS DU SOL's Unforgiven are the perfect reminder that the pain you're feeling as the result of a betrayal has been felt by those around you, giving you the comfort to try and heal. The track, which also features vocals from Jess Pollard, is a brutally honest reminder that when someone hurts you, it can be hard to forgive them - even if you want to.
The emotional peak of the track comes in the second verse, with Jess singing, "If I tried to move on, I'd be broken/If it's right, what is wrong?" It's hard to forgive someone when they've hurt you on a fundamental level, even if you want to. Don't let the track's eerie production deceive you; if you listen closely to the lyrics, this might cause a few tears.
Underwater, for when you feel like you're going against the tide
It can be scary trying to go against the norm, and RÜFÜS DU SOL's track Underwater captures that feeling. On the track, Tyrone's searching for help, singing, "Help me out before I die/Save me now before I give up/Help me out before I drown". He's battling against the water, and he needs a friend to help guide him out.
The song's production crashes over you like a wave, and it's a reminder of the sheer power of the ocean. It's one of the standout tracks on Solace, and one that might just give you the push to step out on your own, or take a risk when it's warranted. We can't hide from the water forever.
Daylight, for when you're soaking in the sun's rays
It was hard to pick just one RÜFÜS DU SOL track that represents the warm embrace of the sun, because it's a running motif of their music. Nevertheless, Daylight is a song that captures both the beauty of the sun's rays, as well as being caught in the orbit of that someone special.
Lyrics like "I guess that I'm addicted to you/I'm always chasing you, I'm always chasing you" are potent, and Daylight features some of the band's most funky production to date - it'll definitely get you grooving. If you've found someone that makes it seem like "sunshine breaks" for them, then you're doing well for yourself.