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Rüfüs : Rüfüs

I’ll come right out and admit it: I’m a child of the ‘80s and damn proud of it. While that era came to be known for many things (greed, the Cold War and skinny ties come to mind), one aspect of the so-called “Me Decade” was its music – synth-pop specifically warming this scribe’s cockles. Depeche Mode, Camouflage, New Order, Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark, Erasure – these bands and many more provided a notable and highly danceable soundtrack to my youth, a soundtrack that to this day provides great happiness to me and many others of that particular generation.

 

Sydney indie-dance trio Rüfüs, I am delighted to say, have proudly and quite majestically encapsulated the non-stop ecstatic dance music from the era, infusing it with a modern immediacy and injecting buckets of soul, to boot. Their second self-titled EP in as many years (subtitled (Blue)) transports the listener back to those halcyon days of old.

 

The six tunes that make up (Blue) are smooth, glistening and assured pop gems that demand repeat listens. Tryone Lindqvist’s vocals are a wonder to behold, as are Jon George’s lush synth-scapes and James Hunt’s rhythmic drums. Opener (and first single) This Summer is a lovely track, resplendent with shimmering effects coupled with haunting lyrics – evoking a dreamy anticipation of sorts. The enigmatic Droplets alternates between a hypnotic lullaby and sci-fi space rock, bringing to mind early krautrock masters Tangerine Dream. Talk To Me is pure Italo-Disco all the way, full of driving beats, tinkling piano and pointed synths. (Blue) closes out with an outro of This Summer, stripped down to its ragged soul: sad, yet hopeful … and ultimately bittersweet.

 

All said, Rüfüs's second foray into the world of quality synth-pop is a pleasure to listen to; it’s really a quite accomplished work – I, for one, am looking forward to what this young band has in store for us in the future.

 

BY THOMAS BAILEY

 

Best Track: Droplets

If You Like These, You’ll Like This: DEPECHE MODE, NEW ORDER, CAMOUFLAGE, CUT COPY

In A Word: Dreamy