RÜFÜS DU SOL To Release Live Album And Film, Shot & Recorded Alone In The Desert

Sydney’s own EDM trio, RÜFÜS DU SOL have announced they have both a live album and film in the works for us. Recorded and filmed in Joshua Tree’s desert, over in California, we’ll be receiving both releases on Friday, 6th March.

RÜFÜS drummer, James Hunt, explains the idea came on a writing trip in Joshua Tree while they were working on their 2018 album SOLACE.

“We stayed up all night writing as the sun rose, this creeping light over the valley made its way into the room. We climbed these wild rock formations to a little vista at the top, about 100 feet above where we were writing and sat to take in the sunrise. We were listening to tunes on a speaker and someone put on Time by the Pachanga Boys. Watching dawn break with this epic 15 minute journey playing out, we started joking about putting together a sunrise set in the desert where we would play to no one.”

“People talk a lot of shit in the desert at 5am, but walking around this alien world at dawn, we definitely felt there was something calling us back out there.”

The trio then spent 18 months workshopping ideas and locations before settling on a sunset shoot in September last year.

“We originally planned for it to be a live stream, but as the idea grew and the production got bigger and bigger, it organically morphed into a film. It’s something that’s taken two years to pull together and something we are so excited to share with the world and make available everywhere.”

We’ll be able to catch the live RÜFÜS album on Friday, 6th March. The film will be release on Youtube on the same day.

Catch the track list for the live album, and a trailer for the film down below.

RÜFÜS DU SOL: Live from Joshua Tree Tracklisting

1. Valley of the Yuccas (Live from Joshua Tree)
2. Eyes (Live from Joshua Tree)
3. New Sky (Live from Joshua Tree)
4. Desert Night (Live from Joshua Tree)
5. Solace (Live from Joshua Tree)
6. Underwater (Live from Joshua Tree)
7. Innerbloom (Live from Joshua Tree)
8. No Place (Live from Joshua Tree)

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The Orielles: the hotly tipped band leaving Halifax for the stars | Music | The Guardian

Twenty minutes into the gong bath, Orielles vocalist and bassist Esmé Hand-Halford knew that she was ready to do her vocal take. Stockport’s Eve Studios – a shrine containing BBC Radiophonic Workshop memorabilia, original rugs from the 1951 Festival of Britain and Europe’s largest collection of vintage BBC equipment – became, she says, “like a commune” as the mellow, relaxing drone reverberated through the room.

The Orielles are a Halifax trio aged between 21 and 24: Esmé; her sister, Sidonie, on drums; and guitarist Henry Carlyle-Wade. They get heavy rotation on 6Music and are as in demand as in demand for their cosmic remixes for other bands as they are for their high-energy festival sets. Their penchant for a notably retro vision of the future means they are the latest exponents of the kind of woozy psychedelia played by Broadcast and Stereolab – bands who remembered the future as if it were yesterday.

When recording their debut album, Disco Valador, at Eve, the Orielles worked long into the night, recording 20-minute krautrock jams with their producer, Marta Salogni, rapping in Italian. Carlyle-Wade also took up painting. They were advised against releasing the openning track Come Down on Jupiter as the album’s lead single – weird time signatures, no discernible chorus, jazzy inflections – but held their nerve, wanting to introduce the idea that on this album, space is very much the place. “I class our music as progressive music,” says Carlyle-Wade, who, on stage, pulsates with all the wonky exuberance of David Byrne on his seventh espresso.

Why space? Esme points to the group’s “massive anxiety about the climate crisis”, and the idea of escape from that at a time when “people are so existentially in their own minds because of how shit society is. People think you have to be shouting about politics explicitly, but I think every single song on this album has a political message embedded in it.”

The band tease cryptic possible interpretations as to what Disco Volador actually means – a fictional galactic nightspot? An Italian frisbee? The feeling of flying during a particularly vigorous night out? Certainly, Esmé became fascinated by “the phenomenological sense of being able to experience the emotions you get from dancing. I always say if I could dance every day, if everyone could, it would be amazing.”

The group have been heavily shaped by dance culture. Carlyle-Wade says that covering Korean DJ Peggy Gou’s Itgehane was “highly educational”, their single Sugar Tastes Like Salt was remixed by the late Andrew Weatherall, while both Hand-Halford sisters are DJs in their adopted city of Manchester. This bleeds into an album that is sequenced much like a DJ set. “There’s a creation and dissipation of tension throughout the whole thing,” says Esmé.

The Orielles are part of the first generation of musicians who have only known streaming rather than physical record collecting. It has resulted in a thrillingly healthy disrespect for genre conventions, shuffling from Turkish funk to Italian experimental cinema soundtracks, even within the same song. Their sonic bias towards day-glo optimism is matched by a deadpan surreal humour – try making sense of references to thrift-shop cowboys or seventh dynamic goo. Time’s passage is explored from the perspective of the group’s various cats, on the jazz-influenced Memoirs of Miso and the athletic rave of Bobbi’s Second World.


Some of this, the band point out, comes from their formative years as “the three weirdos in Halifax”. Like their Heavenly labelmates Working Men’s Club, they have emerged from a vibrant West Yorkshire scene incubated by the region’s two excellent independent venues – the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge and the Golden Lion in Todmorden. “It’s not profit-driven – they’re really out there,” explains Esmé. But Sidonie characterises Halifax as “this really boring place … we were confined in these four walls, bouncing off random ideas and conversations as a way out.” The band entered the music industry young. “I was kind of absent from normal teenage stuff,” explains Henry. “I kind of surpassed a big chunk of my life. I did my GCSEs, released the album, toured, and it’s a bit like, what the fuck happened to the past two years? But then that goes into the album, that repetition and sadness.”

Just don’t mistake their age for naivety. “I know we’ve all got baby faces,” Esmé says, “but the age thing has fucked us off beyond belief.” Their plan for their own future now is to keep things weird. “I kind of don’t give a shit, to be honest,” Esmé continues. “I feel like I should, but I don’t.” The correct attitude, surely, on the way to the stars.

Disco Volador is out on 28 February. The band are at Riverside Newcastle on 25 February, then touring until 6 March

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Listen to Ozzy Osbourne’s New Album ‘Ordinary Man’ in Full

Ozzy Osbourne has released his 12th album, Ordinary Man.

It’s his first LP in 10 years and comes after he endured what he called the worst year of his life in 2019.

A series of health issues left Osbourne unable to tour for most of the year – and unable to walk for several months – but he was coaxed back into the studio to record the new record with the help of Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Red Hot Chill Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitarist and producer Andrew Watt.

You can listen to Ordinary Man in full via the streams below.

“The album has saved my life,” Osbourne told the Daily Beast in a new interview. “Before I started work, I was just lying there thinking, ‘Poor old me.’ The album got me out of bed. Some days I’d do an hour or two, other days four or five. It was the best medicine I could have, because it stopped me thinking about how I might end up a cripple.”

He noted that “with the time I’ve got left, I don’t want to sit around being miserable. Everybody would like to be me for a weekend. I’ve had a great life. … It’s seven years since I had a drink, seven years clean and sober. Don’t smoke tobacco, don’t drink, don’t do drugs. It’s quite boring.”

Ordinary Man is available on CD, deluxe CD, black vinyl, gatefold color vinyl, picture disc and digital formats. Each purchase comes with entry into a sweepstakes with the chance of winning one of 300 prizes. A number of bundle deals are also on sale.

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