LOWLAND – WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE

To introduce ‘We’ve Been Here Before’ as Lowland’s first ‘regular’ album would apply serious pressure to that word. It is however the first Finland’s Petri Alanko has recorded with a broader remit than his conceptually driven and now widely revered ‘Classic Trancelations’ series.

Nonetheless stepping into ‘We’ve Been Here Before’ with a ‘classic trance album’ mind-set might set you off on the wrong foot, as its title proves somewhat ironic. This is a track collection that ventures distinctly into lesser-charted regions, employing techniques, arrangements and sequences that have been honed down through Petri’s production years.

This has resulted in a listening experience that, by turns, is cinematic, orchestral and sometimes avant-garde, but never less than vivid, intense & polished. With originality to burn, its lifeblood flows distinctly with sounds and inspirations from Lowland’s home country and its surrounds. Unlike much of his previous works however, its heartbeat is aimed centre mass at the clubs.

One of the greatest liberations and joys in Lowland’s music making (as the man himself explains) is, well, just that… “Music itself wants to be free. So I never felt any pressures of urgencies with this album. I always thought it’d be best for ‘We’ve Been Here Before’ to come naturally, without pushing or forcing.”

Master of the understatement, it’s a collection that has – in one form or other – been in process for many a year. On the album’s instrumental side, numbers like ‘Blackbird’, ‘Stains’ and its title track quickly start pushing that club nature to the fore. Each in their own right forceful, dynamic & purposeful, their darker ethers and storm-approaching drums summon fantastical, not to mention dystopian imagery.

‘Fusions’ and the album’s spear-tip single ‘The Other Side’ (of which DJ Mag said, in their 8/10 review, “bristled with provocation, emotion and front”) usher male voices onto the album. On the female vocal side meanwhile, MARiANNA strikes early with the brilliantly wrought and drama-seized ‘Infinite Loudness’. It is however the evocatively Nordic tones of Ylona that casts the most prominent of silhouettes across ‘We’ve Been Here Before’. Bringing voice and song to no less than 5 of its 13-strong contingent, she displays absolute range and flexibility. Whether its the quiet storm of ‘Each Other’, the 80s synthpop channelling ‘Machines Have Hearts’, neo-ballads like ‘Forever For A While’ or the full-throated uplift of ‘Frozen Butterflies’ & ‘Sand On My Skin’, her muse-like effect is always striking.

Each a portrait, together a gallery, Lowland has reconciled and arranged its works of audio art into a long-player that has both individual track distinction and lava-like flow. Galactic in scope and feel, ‘We’ve Been Here Before’ is a late-summer/early autumn must-have for music lovers ready to leave the album status quo and ennui behind. You can experience it here from today: https://blackhole.choons.at/beenherebefore

Tracklist:

 

  1. An Approach
  2. Infinite Loudness (with MARiANNA)
  3. The Other Side
  4. Blackbird
  5. Machines Have Hearts (with Ylona )
  6. We’ve Been Here Before
  7. Frozen Butterflies (with Ylona )
  8. Stains
  9. Fusion
  10. Tall Shiny Buildings I-III
  11. Forever For A While (with Ylona )
  12. Sand On My Skin (with Ylona )
  13. Each Other (with Ylona )

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RÜFÜS DU SOL SHARES THIRD SINGLE ‘LOST IN MY MIND’ ZANE LOWE’S WORLD RECORD WITH APPLE BEATS 1

ANNOUNCE UK & EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR DATES

AHEAD OF THEIR FORTHCOMING LP RELEASE ‘SOLACE’ AUTUMN THIS YEAR

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RÜFÜS DU SOL – ‘LOST IN MY MIND’

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

LISTEN TO ‘LOST IN MY MIND’ HERE

One of the world’s most celebrated live electronic bands RÜFÜS DU SOL share the third offering, ‘Lost In My Mind’ from their forthcoming album ‘SOLACE’. Highlighted as one of the most ambitious and gritty tracks off the album, it is honoured today as Zane Lowe’s World Record with Apple Music Beats 1, and comes as the band grace the cover of September legendary dance music publication, Mixmag. ‘Lost In My Mind’ puts forth a pent up desire for escapism and a true grasp for analogue sound-design, confirming ‘SOLACE’ as the band’s most mature and thought provoking effort to date.

RÜFÜS DU SOL has spent the past year in Venice, California, writing and recording their third album, which is largely influenced by the dichotomy of the stark desert landscapes and beautiful coastline of California. It’s a fuller exploration of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s ever evolving musical spectrum, a deeper dive and a more intimate glimpse into both melancholy and transcendence.

“It feels like a new RÜFÜS. We are inspired by our new home out here, by the people we’ve met and the music we’ve heard along the way. We’ve got a refreshed sense of ambition and cannot wait to share our creation with the world.” RÜFÜS DU SOL

‘Lost In My Mind’ arrives in the midst of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s largest run of headlining live shows. The band just wrapped a triumphant run in Europe with sold-out shows at London’s O2 Forum and Manchester’s Club Academy. Heading out to embark on a US tour, the trio return back to Europe for a string of dates in late-November, early-December across Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London alongside Amsterdam, Paris, Cologne and Berlin. This news arrives alongside the much-anticipated release of the tracklist for the album ‘Solace’, outlining nine anthems sure to continue the journey set forth by ‘No Place’, ‘Underwater’, and ‘Lost In My Mind’.

TRACKLIST

1 Treat You Better

2 Eyes

3 New Sky

4 Lost In My Mind

5 No Place

6 All I’ve Got

7 Underwater

8 Solace

9 Another Life

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Nov 29TH – London – Printworks

Nov 30TH – Birmingham – The Mill

Dec 1ST – Glasgow – Queen Margaret Union

Dec 2ND – Manchester – Academy 2

Dec 5TH – Amsterdam – Melkweg

Dec 6TH – Paris – Le Trabendo

Dec 7TH – Cologne – Bürgerhaus Stollwerck

Dec 8TH – Berlin – Gretchen

Rüfüs Du Sol ‘Lost In My Mind’ is OUT NOW as Zane Lowe’s World Record