Interview: RÜFÜS

RÜFÜS

RÜFÜS

Sydney-based band, RÜFÜS, are back with a new video and a cool remix of ‘Be With You’

Considering RÜFÜS tour non stop, we were pretty lucky to tie them down for an interview. Unfortunately, we still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the name difference in North America and the rest of the world…

Hi RÜFÜS, we are huge fans! For those of you who don’t know you yet, tell us a bit more about yourself and how you all got into music.

Calling the band RÜFÜS was a decision we made because we liked the way it sounded foreign to us, and also because it was quite symmetrical on paper, which we liked also. However, we didn’t think that most people would assume RÜFÜS is the name of the singer in the band. We’ve been trying to get people to realise we are a 3 piece live act for the past few years. They don’t get it even when they come to a show.

Why do you call yourselves RÜFÜS du Sol in North America, but RÜFÜS in the rest of the world?

Our attorney has advised that legal reasons is the appropriate answer.

Describe your sound in three words.

Never ending touring.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

So many places. They are different for each of us. We listen to a lot of contemporary music to get inspired. Recently, we’ve been listening to a lot of Radiohead, Moderat, HAELOS, Bob Moses, Leon Vynehall etc. In the past it was Booka Shade in a massive way. They are the godfathers.

Friend Within has just released a remix of your track, ‘Be With You’. How did that come about?

We’ve wanted him to work on a remix for a while.

You are playing your biggest show to date in London in October. Tell UK fans why this will this be such a great show!

We’ve heard the venue is special. The first night sold out so we’ve announced another show, so we’re always in a very good mood when we get to do 2 shows back to back without driving, flying somewhere in between. It’s a real treat for us so we’ll make sure we are good to those who made it possible 😉

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Answered this one above. But, Anderson Paak and Blood Orange have really nailed it this year.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Foals, Booka Shade, Holy Ghost!, Midnight Juggernauts, Goldroom

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Deep Dark Blue – Been Here Once Before

Deep Dark Blue by Bryce Alber

Deep Dark Blue by Bryce Alber

Don’t be fooled into thinking Deep Dark Blue come from anywhere other than Los Angeles.

This Californian duo create hypnotic electronica, and although their new track ‘Been Here Once Before’ is not a trigger-happy, dance floor filler, it has a familiarity that will appease both those who enjoy a chilled Sunday afternoon in the park, as well as the nighttime clubbers amongst us.

Building around a percussive (and slightly tropical) backbeat and methodically adding lush sonic textures, ‘Been Here Once Before’ gently unfolds into a euphoric track with soothing bass lines and heavenly guitar interludes, making us question whether we really have been here once before.

Sounds like: Hot Chip, Goldroom, The 2 Bears, Caribou, Holy Ghost!, Tame Impala, Miike Snow, Simian Mobile Disco, M83

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DAUNT – Beamish Boy

Daunt by Alex De Mora

Daunt by Alex De Mora

Meet DAUNT; a solo folktronica artist who could accurately be described as a ‘Beamish Boy’.

Coincidentally, this is also the name of his current release.

Elegant production and meandering vocals is on offer from an ever optimistic DAUNT, and it definitely feels like a right move following his previous musical project falling apart.

Sounds like: Josef Salvat, Tender, Shylde, Thom Yorke

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D/R/U/G/S – New Born Love

D/R/U/G/S

D/R/U/G/S

Time for some D/R/U/G/S. The Manchester producer returns with ‘New Born Love’, the first release on D/R/U/G/S’ own imprint, Code Silence Records.

‘New Born Love’ is a fresh new style from D/R/U/G/S; atmospheric indietronica with mellow vocals.

The all new D/R/U/G/S live show with permanent new fixture, the stunning vocalist Candi Godbold, is on the road in the UK at the end of Summer; they play live in Bristol (28 Aug, Start The Bus) and London (1 Sept, The Waiting Room) as well as DJing the 1234 festival, Shoreditch on 3 September.

It features the vocals of Akiine.

Sounds like: Shura, July Child, Goldroom

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Lavoy – Smile

Lavoy

Lavoy

Crafting delightful indie pop for everyone’s ears is Alaskan band, Lavoy.

Not to let dark and desolate winters and freezing, long road trips get in the way of touring , these guys are determined to do what they love, smiling all the way.

Which brings us nicely onto their new single, ‘Smile’; a track “about finding something you thought you’d lost forever. It’s about that moment when you lock eyes with your best friend or loved one. You know you’re home and you can’t help but smile.”

Lavoy’s forthcoming three-song EP, produced by Casey Bates (MxPx, INXS, Portugal. The Man) will be released later this year.

Sounds like: Portugal, The Man

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BOA – Pharaoh

BOA

BOA

Bristol-based synth pop duo, BOA, have shared their glorious new single, ‘Pharaoh’.

It’s another mellow track from the newcomers, with sweet twists of meandering, vocoder-style backing vocals shining through enchanting pop riffs.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Boxed In, Saint Raymond, KYKO, Honne, Great Good Fine Ok, Pistol Shrimp, Girl Friend, Fickle Friends, Ben Hobbs, XY&O, Imogen Heap

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Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram return fighting with the Grant Singer-directed video for ‘You Don’t Get Me High Anymore’, which is both gritty and animalistic.

Sweet bridges are soon smashed out of the sea by Sarah Barthel’s killer vocals, as she expresses feelings of loneliness amongst the Bombay Beach setting.

It’s taken from their upcoming album, ‘Three’.

Sounds like: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric, Sleigh Bells, Charli XCX, ASTR

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Playlist: Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer is a talented artist from Washington, US.

The tracks on her upcoming EP give us a glimpse into the many facets of her music, and with that in mind, we asked Young Summer to put together a playlist for us, featuring the artists that influence her the most.

Björk – Stonemilker

This song is such a work of art and stretches the traditional framework of song structure. I revisit her and this song whenever I feel I need inspiration.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

I love the lyrics in the beginning, “checked into my heart and trashed it like a hotel room”. The vocals and how they’re layered and affected are perfection. The drum fills are brilliant, I love how they punctuate and separate sections of the song.

Miguel – Waves

This song has one of the best bridges and falls in line with that old songwriting rule that you don’t put an active bridge in a song if it isn’t better than the entire song, otherwise it can ruin it, and this song and its bridge are incredible!

Niki & The Dove – So Much It Hurts

The title alone had me the moment I read it. The song is so emotional but has a groove that doesn’t quit. I am a huge fan of theirs and loved their record “Instinct.” This song and their new album are amazing. Malin Dahlström’s voice has elements of Stevie Nicks but is still all her own and I could listen to it all day long.

Anohni – 4 Degrees

She’s incredible for a myriad of reasons and this song is one of them. There’s a delicate synth and a menacing brass section, which make it so beautifully dynamic. And of course, her vocal is so mesmerizing.

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

I love this song’s gritty, raw guitar tone. His lyrics are direct and unambiguous which is one of many reasons to love him. He brings a direct narrative to his songwriting which I haven’t loved this much since Johnny Cash did it. I have mountains of respect for him and if you get a chance to see him live, do it.

Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

This is a song that feels like you’re living inside a lush breeze for three minutes and 56 seconds. The sentiment is explained immediately and washes over you. It is perfect and beautiful. If you’re paying attention and listen to the entire song you get the reward of a confession at the very end, “And you’re the only thing I think about. It’s all that I can still do. And you know you’re the one I dream about. I couldn’t do without you.”

Maybird – Turning into Water

They’ve got a psychedelic sound and I am so down with that. The guitar tones and ambient vocals are on point. It feels classic but new all at the same time.

Radiohead – No Surprises

It wouldn’t be a playlist without Radiohead. I am a massive fan of theirs. This song is beautifully dark just the way I like ‘em. He [Thom Yorke] sneaks the most desperate of lyrics into a beautiful, shiny almost childlike sounding song. I love to disguise sadness with melody.

Spoon – Inside Out

I love the percussive undercurrent of this song and how it feels as though it dictates its movement and evolution. Britt Daniel’s vocals are just perfection as always.

Listen to the jazzed-out and laid back ‘Paused Parade’ below.

Sounds like: HAIM, MUNA, Wet, VÉRITÉ, Jorja Smith

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Sykoya – The Wolf

Sykoya

Sykoya

London dream pop trio, Sykoya, create atmospheric indietronica.

Their new track ‘The Wolf’ will hunt down and cast a spell on any listener. Whether that spell is to make you dance or sit in soft reflection, the rhythmic electronics, melodic synths and brooding vocals of Anna Marcella will immediately captivate.

‘The Wolf’ is taken from their debut EP ‘Strange Night’, out now via Lost People Records and available on iTunes.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Phoria, London Grammar, Massive Attack, The Knife, LOWES, The xx

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Novelties – Intro From The Other Side

Novelties

Novelties

Los Angeles electro pop duo, Novelties have just released their debut track ‘Intro From The Other Side’.

It’s a deeply synth number that conjures up images of red-lipped vampires driving a Corvette through Los Angeles, late at night.

Sounds like: Prinze George, Lucius, Goldfrapp, Dominique

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