A look back at RÜFÜS DU SOL and Digitalism exciting live shows
RÜFÜS DU SOL at MTELUS
It’s live where Rüfüs Du Sol truly comes into its own and the audience must know it as they played two nights in a row in a sold out MTELUS. With their new album Solace, the Los Angeles-based Australian three-piece band is deserting clubs in favor of concert halls and is becoming one of the world’s most popular live electronic acts. Their ability to captivate crowds and make them dance, whether in a heady euphoria or lost in a daydream, is bringing their career to stratospheric heights. The balancing act between electronic and live music is highly popular nowadays and they are surfing the vocal house trend with huge success. Compared to the previous shows we’ve seen, we can say with absolute certainty that they are about to hit a whole new level. Their sound became darker, heavier while maintaining its familiar uplifting tones. Lindqvist’s vocals, combined with delicate synths and gleaming melodies, had us seized by a feeling of comfort, or even consolation, which is the exact definition of solace. It is as if Rüfüs brought us warmth in a time of distress (yes, we’re referring to the freezing weather). Though it was way too short (they only played one hour), this was a moment of pure bliss, from the mesmerizing light show to the choice of tracks. Even in a full venue, they still managed to create a sense of intimacy. We personally think the highlights were Underwater, Innerbloom, and their Radiohead cover during which we were taken to an outer-space journey.
Digitalism at Newspeak
“If Franz Ferdinand is doing rock music that makes people dance, Digitalism is making dance music that makes people rock.”
That’s exactly what they did last night at Newspeak with their distorted baselines and thumping rhythms. Digitalism has been pioneering the electro-punk and indie dance movements for a long time now and yet we still deeply enjoy their music as if we were teenagers headbanging in a basement. It might be because they embody the artistic heritage of the French touch, returning to the roots of this beautiful musical odyssey. Their heavy reliance on filter and phaser effects both on and alongside carefully selected samples had us relive our raving days. Their thick harmonic foundations contributed to the epicness of some of their tracks as the crowd was cheering at every bass drop. Speaking of drops, their remix of Drop It Like It’s Hot surely set the dancefloor on fire. As they approached the end of their set, we found ourselves thinking back of all these incredible French DJs that shaped today’s electronic music scene. Daft Punk, Justice, Etienne de Crecy… It was an extremely fun show. Perhaps next time they should play at a bigger venue though as we were a bit frustrated not being able to access the heart of the action.
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