about 1 year ago | by: Kyle Gill
by: Kyle Gill
about 1 year ago
A soft, but evocative anthem that aches and longs for relief
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RÜFÜS DU SOL are pushing production boundaries with some of the most precise compositions in electronic music. Their album Solace was recently nominated for Best Electronic Album, and it's no wonder why. Underwater builds up a painful sound of remorse and releases it all in an emotional drop that cries "help me out, before I drown".

The Australian trio explained the context of the song: "we neglected our personal lives and pushed everything aside until we were drowning in the pile-up of things we’d ignored to the point of suffocation". The dire sounding phrases like being "caught in the waves pulling me down" really sell the pain that's felt, and the need to remove some burden to stay afloat. Bruce Lee once said: "It's not the daily increase but the daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential." Perhaps the song suggests, that rather than paddle harder to stay afloat, it's to get help and remove some of the load.

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