Jon George, Tyrone Lindqvist and James Hunt, who write and record under the name RÜFÜS DU SOL, first broke out in 2013 with their excellent debut LP Atlas. The collection topped the pop charts in their home country of Australia and spawned four singles. But rather than copy their process when they returned to the studio in 2014 to record their follow-up, the trio changed things up completely, heading to Berlin to work in isolation for three months.
“It ended up really feeding the sonics of the album,” George says of their time in the German capital. “We were away from everything else, all together and all listening to the same things between us.” Some of the names they had on repeat? Caribou, David August, and Bob Moses. All said and done, they ended up with Bloom, their sophomore collection that features 11 tautly crafted dance tunes with a European edge. EW is excited to premiere the desperate “Say A Prayer For Me” off the set today.
The group had finished the track’s music in Berlin, but was still struggling to come up with a lyric that felt right when they returned to Sydney — until a late night studio session. “I was on the keys,” remember George. “Tyrone was in the vocal booth for a half hour on repeat, and then he just started singing these words. The actual chorus line is what came out of his mouth, just improvised.”
As George tells it, everyone knew they had their lyric. “When we all look at each other instantly, we know,” he says. “Every now and then a lyric comes along that just hits you. You immediately know you have to lock it down, that there’s something important about that.”
RÜFÜS DU SOL are poised for a big 2016 Stateside: Bloom is due to release Jan. 22 via ODESZA’s label Foreign Family, they’ll play their first Coachella in April, and they’re prepared to tour, a lot — and with one of the big influences on the album, Bob Moses, mentioned above. “We spent all last year just getting more and more obsessed with that Bob Moses album,” he recalls. “I think that we’re going to do some touring together as well.”