Grammy-nominated live-electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL has announced its fourth full length album Surrender, set to land on October 22, and shared a third taste of the album with new single On My Knees, out today on Rose Avenue and Reprise/Warner Records.
Surrender sees RÜFÜS DU SOL building their own world. The band’s electronic roots offer a point of separation from other stadium-selling live artists, even as they write songs and play to crowds that break the traditional glass ceiling for dance acts.
On My Knees is a brooding insight into RÜFÜS DU SOL’s darker tendencies. While previous single Alive gave a glimmer of hope, and Next To Me a yearning for love and romance, On My Knees has an anguished sense about it, playing into the powerful title of Surrender. The band reference the industrial sounds and sonics of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, coupled with the lyrical intensity on which their career has been built. Tyrone Linqvist hauntingly sings “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.”
“For this song we had a lot of fun writing something that was darker, driving and a little more edgy,” explains James Hunt. “It’s definitely one of the most banging tracks on the record – we referenced some of our favourite club music for the drum programming and had fun envisioning the time when we could finally play this live. It had an amazing reaction at our Red Rocks shows last month which was really special for us.”
RÜFÜS DU SOL is a band synonymous with tension. From the opening keys of Next To Me, through the propulsive chug of On My Knees, the record inhabits a world that is deep, lush, organic, yet electronic. This world building has been RÜFÜS DU SOL’s focus since its inception. This vision was vital to Surrender, as the band wrote songs to transcend the intimacy of the world they built together, exiled from their families, in a DIY Hollywood apartment studio. The result is a record that is bolder, braver and more far-reaching than anything they have done before.
The accompanying music video was filmed in August during a Red Rocks Amphitheatre show rehearsal. The band’s creative director Alex ‘Katzki’ George collaborated with Ruff Mercy, a UK based animation director and artist, to create visuals and animations on top of the video, giving the project a darker 90’s rave vibe. Ruff Mercy has worked with artists such as Thom Yorke, Disclosure and Run The Jewels, and big brands such as Nike, Apple and Adidas.
As the band returns to the stage for their North American tour and an array of festival performances, they experience once again the immense demand for their live return, acting as a stark reminder to their influence on the global music scene.Watch and stream On My Knees here.
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