For the past month of so there has been a lot of talk and hype about a mysteriously new, up and coming electronic group that just recently surged into the limelight. Only a few weeks ago, that band’s debut album, Woman, was released to the UK on March 4th and to the US on March 5th. Making up this soothing electro groove group, Rhye is the collaborated efforts of Canadian singer & producer, Mike Milosh and Danish producer, Robin Hannibal (also with electronic/neo-soul group, Quadron).
Currently number one on iTunes Top Electronic Albums, Rhye has successfully stunned many listeners with melancholy and appealing tracks ordained around the object of love and the desire for one’s love. Those who don’t know, or didn’t know initially will be shocked to hear that the consoling vocals are not sung by a female. In fact, the Sade-sounding vocalist is Mr. Milosh, a magnificent countertenor.
The album starts out serene and angelic with blissful notes from violin strings, a harpsichord and horns, and gently picks up tempo keeping time with a finger-snapping metronome. Milosh’s exceptionally smooth and tender vocals settle in seeming to caress and calm the effects around him. His full tone always carries a sense of pleading and longing. The fraught love song is the very well liked track: “Open.”
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Second to awaken my spirits is “The Fall.” Milosh’s “oooahhh’s” send chills up my spine, breathing over the soulful beauty of the strings and the grace of the piano loop, accentuating the content rhythm. The song holds multiple emotions in the music and lyrics. It allows listeners to feel uplifted and thankful and then sad and scared as if any second they may lose any or all of their present happiness.
The music videos for both “Open” and “The Fall” depict the multitude of abounding feelings that are tearing the characters back and forth.
“Last Dance” possesses a more jazzy and upbeat rhythm, already feeling more relaxed and groovier than the opening songs. The sound quality and vocal range of Milosh’s voice really resembles Sade’s sultry tone as he sings, “Tell me lies and fall apart, but don’t tell me to change.”
Woman isn’t the kind of album where the songs are perfectly placed and arranged to tell a story—it’s more all over the place. Scattered, spare-of-the-moment feelings of joy, anger, sorrow, lonesomeness, heartache, love, lust and regret have become the album’s composition. Rather than a complete story, Woman illuminates secretive entries in a journal or diary and has put them on display using soul, pop, R&B, blues, swing and jazz.
Milosh and Hannibal incorporate diverse instruments and beats throughout their ten songs, harmonizing over loop phrases, and experiementing with different sound effects like in the song, “Hunger.” The fun, skippity electronic synth beats are played among sounds of trickling water and warped alien-like trills.
Concluding the album is the soft yearning and chanting track: “Woman.” Rhye’s music is as artistically beautiful as they have also laid their cover art to be. It is sensual and sexy, emphasizing the simplicity of a woman’s beauty and the sharp features accompanied with love.