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‘Music Is Better’ Now That RÜFÜS DU SOL Have Returned

The electronic trio have released their first new music since their acclaimed 2021 album, ‘Surrender’


Sophie Chan Andreassend

RÜFÜS DU SOL have released their first single of 2024, “Music Is Better”.

Originally premiered during the Grammy-winning electronic trio’s headline DJ at Coachella earlier this year, it’s their first new music since their acclaimed 2021 album, Surrender.

Exploring universal themes including hope, intimacy, and connection – pillars of the RÜFÜS DU SOL catalogue – “Music Is Better” is tailor-made for hedonistic festival singalongs. The more they chant that, yes, “music is better,” you’re swept up by their euphoric mantra, the trio preaching to the already-converted.

Making up for lost time, RÜFÜS DU SOL’s new single sounds like them at their most expansive and ambitious, and will likely become a fan favourite this year.

The accolades have piled up for the trio since Surrender was released in 2021, including a Grammy nod for Best Dance/Electronic Recording the following year for lead single “Alive”. That track also earned them two ARIA Awards, for Best Group and Best Dance Release.

Between 2022 and 2023, RÜFÜS DU SOL were nominated four times at the Rolling Stone Australia Awards, including for the prestigious Global Award twice.

On the touring front, Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, and James Hunt have appeared at festivals around the world, including at iconic venues like Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The group also launched their own boutique festival, Sundream, which held its second edition in San José del Cabo last year.

Later this year, they’ll headline Portola Festival in San Franciso on September 28th. This is their only current upcoming tour, although there will likely be more announced soon.

Ahead of their Coachella appearance in April, the trio chatted with Rolling Stone about their music.

“It’s been mainly over the last five or six years, where we’ve allowed ourselves to do higher scale DJ sets with more production,” Hunt said about their live sets. “Now that it’s fairly established that we’re a live act, [we’re] nourishing what the DJ set is, as well as the live show. Those are two different arms of the act.”

RÜFÜS DU SOL’s “Music Is Better” is out now via Rose Avenue/Warner Records.