music journalist since 1992 | educator since 2004 | podcaster since 2020 | Iranian American since birth
Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine March 2016 Issue:
If you loved the sun-kissed vibes of Rüfüs du Sol’s first album, Atlas, then you’ll love its follow-up, Bloom, as it is exactly the same. The Australian dance-pop trio aims its groove-laden, soft beats toward daytime beach parties rather than dark dancefloors. The happy rhythms are evened out by melancholic vocals, which if they were any other way would make Rüfüs too sugary. Instead, tracks such as the caressing “Brighter” and lively “Like an Animal” hit a perfect balance.