BEST OF 2013: Madelyn's Picks

BEST OF 2013: Madelyn's Picks

10. Rhye - Woman

Here's hoping Rhye's Woman is what everyone buys their significant other for Valentine's Day next year because, man, does it hit you right in the feels. Milosh releasing a solo album in the latter half of this year could unfortunately signal that Rhye has already come and gone. If that is the case, at least the enigmatic duo left the music world with an instantly classic album of heartfelt, honest love songs.

TRACKING: Rhye - "Open"

SOUNDS LIKE: Baby makin' music.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Who says it's too early to begin a Valentine's Day 2014 playlist?

Ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your undergarments. “Open,” the first track on Rhye’s debut album Woman, is a doozy. Side effects of hearing the song may include eargasms, shortness of breath, hot flashes, and utterances of “holy moley.”

As Woman's beginning track, "Open" turns up the heat, sets the mood for the remainder of the album, and introduces listeners to the enigmatic, L.A.-based duo's sentimentality. “Open” begins with a heavenly string arrangement, soon after accompanied by subtle horns, airy harp-playing, and angelic “ooohs” and “aahs.” Sensuous bass and rhythmic snaps then kick in as Milosh, the Canadian vocalist who makes up one half of Rhye, begins his romantic delivery. “I’m a fool for that shake in your thighs / I’m a fool for that sound in your sighs / I’m a fool for your belly / I’m a fool for you love,” Milosh sings in a cool, suave timbre that has led listeners to mistake him for a woman. As he continues on, providing glimpses into beautifully intimate moments with a lover, the various instrumental elements introduced early on recur subtly, leaving room for Milosh’s sweetly delivered lyrics to capture the listener’s full attention. That’s not to say that the instrumental layer beneath is forgettable; it’s just easy to get caught up in his smooth voice, wishing you were the person to whom his sweet nothings were addressed. (Milosh is taken, for the record.) The introductory strings from before return to send the song off into its finishing bars, leaving the listener wanting to know if Milosh's lover did indeed stick around as a result of his pleading, "I wanna make this plain / Oh, I know you're faded / Hmmm, but stay, don't close your hands." 

Rhye play D.C. on Thursday, April 18 at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Stay tuned for our full review of Woman in our next podcast!