Grammy-nominated live electronic trio RÃFÃS DU SOL have announced their fourth studio album ‘Surrender’ and released their third single, ‘On My Knees’ on Rose Avenue and Reprise / Warner Records.
‘Abandonment‘see RÃFÃS forcefully build their own world; an album written on their own terms. The group’s electronic roots provide a proud point of separation from other stadiums selling live performers, even as they write songs and perform in front of crowds smashing the traditional glass ceiling for dance numbers.
‘On my kneesis a dark glimpse of RÃFÃS DU SOLthe darkest tendencies of, playing with honest emotions and painful lyricism, demonstrating what makes them so unique in the electronic space. While the previous single ‘Living‘gave a glimmer of hope, and’Next to me‘a desire for love and romance,’On my knees‘has an anguished sense about it, playing in the mighty title of’Abandonment. ‘
The group refers to the industrial sounds and sounds of Trent Reznor and Nine inch nails, coupled with the lyrical intensity on which their career was built.
Tyrone Linqvist bewitching sings “If you could see me now, I would probably let you downâ¦ Looks like I’m on my knees again, I feel like the walls are closing.”
James hunt comments – “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.. “
RÃFÃS DU SOL is a band synonymous with tension, they have come together through 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 on whom to dance. Keys to opening ‘Next to me‘, through the propulsive breath of’On my knees‘, the record inhabits a deep, lush, organic, but electronic world.
This global building was RÃFÃS DU SOL‘s focus since its inception, its name meant to evoke an otherworldly destination, a future point the band dreamed of arriving at from their rooms in Sydney, and, later, recording studios in Berlin and LA. This vision was vital for Abandonment, as the group wrote songs to transcend the intimacy of the world they had built together, in a ground floor studio apartment in Hollywood. The result is a bolder, more courageous and more ambitious record than anything they have done before.
The accompanying video clip was shot in August in a single shoot. Red Rocks Amphitheaterhow repeat. The group’s creative director, Alexis ‘Katzki‘ George, collaborated with Ruff Mercy, a UK based animation director and artist to create visuals / animations in addition to video, giving the project a darker 90s rave vibe. Ruff Mercy has worked with artists such as Thom yorke, Disclosure, Running the jewels and major brands such as Nike, Apple, Adidas and much more.
Alexis ‘Katzki‘ George comments – “We had been fans of Ruff Mercy for a while 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.“
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 expect to see them play for three nights at Los Angeles Banc of California Stadium; planned festival appearances at Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, III Points; and a multitude of shows scattered throughout the southwestern United States are a stark reminder of their influence on the world music scene.
Listen to the track below.