RÜFÜS’ sophmore album Bloom, is perhaps the Sydney based trio’s most chilled offering yet, conveying the newly self assured nature of the band . Similar to RÜFÜS’ debut album, Atlas, the writing process of Bloom was largely influenced by the bands location and what frontman Tyrone explains as the ;
“Push and Pull.. and the inter-relationship between us and what home means to us”.
There is a more prominent sense of darkness in Bloom reflecting the impacts of urban-life, travel and long stints away from home on the band. It is their longstanding relationship with Berlin’s dance scene that has clearly aided in this sound evolution, moving the album away from just a beach meets dancefloor anthem like prior album, Atlas.
The more ‘relaxed’ nature of Bloom see’s frontman Tyrone develop his trustworthy vocals into a fuller and more versatile sound that strengthens the album and reminds the listener that the boys are not new at this. This self assured nature is present in the slow burning build of the almost 10 minute long final banger innerbloom. The track is an almost spiritual journey of good vibes- which are of the windows down, shoulder swishing nature. The increased confidence and comfort within the trio has meant that Bloom feels like an entirely natural composition, making the album feel unforced and flowy – rather than mass produced dance-floor bangers. The cheap dancefloor ‘electronic’ tracks played far too many times by the ‘DJ’ at your local on any given night is exactly what this album isn’t, rather its a magical composition filled with smooth, slowburning almost dreamlike tunes (get your tunerags ready) that confirms the successful growth of the band. ‘I’ll take you further’ its the lyrics of Say a prayer for me and they set precedent for the album which slowly and confidently builds, engaging the listener further than ever before.
TOP PICKS; ‘Be with you’, ‘Until the sun needs to rise’, ‘Innerbloom’
P.S: Definitely listen to this album twice, due to slow burning nature ect.