"It's when the band loses this sense of tension that the songs on Bloom lapse into the indistinguishable background."
Sydney alternative dance band RÜFÜS return with their sublime sophomore album, Bloom. The record is a self-proclaimed product of isolation and saturation, inspired in part by the terminally chill group's immersion in the throbbing nightlife of Berlin, and influenced further by their time spent writing in the sunny surrounds of Suffolk. Brighter, Daylight, and Until The Sun Needs To Rise all continue singer Tyrone Lindqvist's obsession with natural imagery and sunshine, as the band switch between celebrating the sunlight and missing its presence.
After an excellent sequence of tracks beginning the album, You Were Right dives straight into the deep sea. "I'm sinking further down," Lindqvist sings, disappearing further from both the love and light he adores. The two ideas are intrinsically linked in the group's music, their songs working best when these concepts are brought into full synergy. The ocean separates them once again on Like An Animal, while a threatening storm looms over the horizon of Brighter.
It's when the band loses this sense of tension that the songs on Bloom lapse into the indistinguishable background. Daylight's literal treatment of their addiction to sunshine fails to transcend its own solipsism, and Be With You features a sample from the Sydney gospel choir that feels like a bridge to a chorus or greater idea that never arrives. It is however only a minor detraction from the song, and the boys deserve credit for experimenting within their genre. Stretching themselves thematically may never be their priority, but the Melbourne group are increasingly becoming the masters of their stylish sound.