Surrender, RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s fourth full-length studio album (stream and download), was released today on Rose Avenue and Reprise / Warner Records by Grammy-nominated live-electronic trio. The album was announced only a few weeks ago.
Surrender marks the beginning of a new chapter in the band’s world, which has been shaped and nurtured since its inception. They expertly bridge the gap between their electronic roots and prowess as live musicians, built on their own terms as they travel down their own distinct sonic lane. The album features a bolder and more daring sound than they’ve done before, as a result of a slew of influences ranging from Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails to Moderat and Jon Hopkins.
The album: new music and collaborations.
Surrender’s previous singles have racked up nearly 50 million combined streams across platforms, demonstrating the overwhelming demand for the band’s return and anticipation for the full album. From the yearning for love and romance in Surrender’s opening track ‘Next To Me’, to the hopeful emotions portrayed in ‘Alive’, and anguished sense of ‘On My Knees’; the album once again demonstrates RÜFÜS DU SOL’s ability to separate themselves from other stadium selling live artists, writing songs that consistently enthrall the individual just as successfully as a crowd of thousands.
RÜFÜS also experiment with collaboration for the first time on the album, bringing in Curtis Harding on the title track and an LA-based children’s choir on both the title track and “Make It Happen.” Because of the depth of field, the final product feels more human and heartfelt than ever before.
Alex ‘Katzki’ George, the band’s creative director, directed the accompanying music video for ‘I Don’t Wanna Leave‘ in Lancaster/Palmdale, CA. The performance piece bears resemblance to RÜFÜS DU SOL’s striking live performance and is set against an industrial backdrop of power lines that litter the horizon of the Mojave desert.
Thanks to unique interpretations from acclaimed directors and production companies, previous music videos released alongside album singles continued to expand the visualization of the RÜFÜS DU SOL universe. Alex ‘Katzki’ George, the band’s creative director, recently collaborated with Ruff Mercy, a UK-based animation director, and artist, to create visuals/animations on top of the video, giving the ‘On My Knees‘ project a darker 90’s rave vibe. Director James Frost and entertainment company EPIC Games used EPIC’s Unreal Engine, the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation tool, to blur the line between reality and make-believe in ‘Alive.’ Finally, in their video for ‘Next To Me,’ RÜFÜS DU SOL enlisted futuristic directors Osk to create A.I.-generated topographies and immerse viewers in new complex landscapes.
The band tour and next live performances/shows.
The album arrives just ahead of the band’s hectic touring and festival season, which has already seen them perform portions of the new album on world-famous stages like Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Austin City Limits, and Governors Ball. Surrender gives RÜFÜS DU SOL fans a unique opportunity to accompany them into their world, with festival appearances at III Points Miami and Outside Lands San Francisco still to come.
Their North American tour begins in November, with stops in cities across the country’s southwest. A major highlight of their tour will take place at the Banc of California stadium in Los Angeles, where they will perform for three nights in a row in front of 70,000 fans. To keep up with demand, two more nights were added, making this the band’s largest LA performance to date.
Surrender is a significant step forward for Tyrone, Jon George, and James. It’s a record that thrives not only on a dark and brooding dance floor but also in a stadium of 25,000 people. Surrender is a message of personal maturity and deep connection to their community, as RÜFÜS DU SOL are at ease expressing their personal pains and heartaches for all to see. This mutual reassurance between artist and audience is what continues to set RÜFÜS DU SOL apart, as everyone unites to understand themselves and explore the otherworldly, together.