Rhye – Woman album review

Rhye’s not so subtle quest to hide behind the veil of artistic obscurity has proven worth the frustration with their debut collaboration Woman. In fact, the pair has made a note of maintaining their secrecy by concealing their image (not even appearing in their own videos) to let their music remain the focal point. Though now revealed to be singer/producer Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal, producer and ½ of the Danish electro-soul duo Quadron, when the duo’s first single “Open” hit the web months ago, we were left flirting with the possibility that the artist behind the provocatively effeminate vocals was either a Sade reincarnate or, the less likely, not a woman at all.

The aptly named title is not a cruel play on the notion that most listeners were expecting Milosh to be a chick. It is rather, a manifestation of what becomes of overt anonymity masked by sensuality —an alluring exploration of feeling and of music’s most overly exploited form of pleasure (no, not popping Molly’s) in the least banal way.

Rhye inevitably leaves much to the imagination, since you don’t have an overabundance of music videos and artist promo to make up your mind. This makes Woman an experience. Strings and faint saxophone arrangements embellish Milosh’s breathy voice, which serves as the journey’s path. The album is remarkably honest and seems to serve as a confession to a slight sex addiction, but in the most enticing way—it’s intimate without the lewd, sexy without the salacious and provocative without the crass.

Each of Woman’s 10 songs are relatively unblemished with each serving as a preface to the next, creating a nearly perfect body of work with Milosh’s silky smooth voice with the occasional crackle of raw feeling taking the forefront. On “Verse” he moans, “Ooh my song says it all/do you hear it in the verse, hear it in the verse/oh I’ll call when you see it on my face, see it on my face.” Simple lines like this are so forward, yet simultaneously, somehow saturated with depth and make each song inescapably captivating.

Indeed, the underlying element that really does this album in is the songwriting. It’s so audaciously simple, yet the delicate production dares you to really listen. The separation between instrumentals and vocals allows the listener a breath of fresh air to experience the voice and the lyrics.

Rhye may already be sick of the Sade comparisons, but on songs like “Shed Some Blood” you can’t help but hear the influence (the similarities don’t cheapen the group, but rather, give listeners a glimpse back into the past of a rare requited love circa the “Kiss of Life” era). But what’s special about this project is that what you don’t feel, you just have to guess. And though Rhye has claimed they will reveal more of themselves in the future, Woman may leave you wondering how you can feel so much while having known so little.

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Melt festival 2013 – more acts announced for Melt! Festival


Soulwax, Rhye, Mark Ronson vs. Riton and many more added to line-up

The 16th edition of Melt! Festival is taking shape, with a new wave of acts ready to perform on the Ferropolis peninsula from 19th to 21st July. Joining acts already announced, such as Atoms For Peace, The Knife, Alt-J and James Blake, are a whole host of thrilling new acts including Soulwax, Ryhe, Mark Ronson vs. Riton, Local Natives and Austra.

Over a decade ago, Soulwax emerged with edgy alternative and electro sounds. Having done an incredible range of remixes for countless artists under the guise of Too Many DJs, they also made themselves a name as versatile producers. Now they’ll bring the unique sound of albums like Any Minute Now and Much Against Everyone’s Advice to the City of Iron.

Electronic sounds will also be represented this year by Melt! residents Digitalism, whose track ?2 Hearts? was made the official festival song two years ago, plus Trentemøller with his electrifying live performance, and star producer Mark Ronson and Riton who will be getting behind the DJ booth together this year. Archive, who released their ninth album, With Us Until Your Dead, in 2012, and Amon Tobin will spin under the guise of Two Fingers, and the cryptic Swedish electro project iamamiwhoami will also perform.

Canadian trio Austra will cross the Atlantic to bring their epic soundscapes to the industrial backdrop of Ferropolis this year. Also making the journey are LA duo Rhye and Brooklyn-based Friends, who released their debut album Manifest! last year. Local Natives, MS MR, Diamond Version, Metro Area (live), Trümmer and Bicep also star and Berlin label Suol will bring their unique sound to the Gremmin Lake with Daniel Bortz, Chopstick & JohnJon, Till Von Sein and Trickski.

Tickets for Melt! Festival are available under the following link. More acts will be announced soon.

All confirmed acts so far

Alt-J | Atoms For Peace | Archive | Austra | Azealia Banks | Bambounou | Julio Bashmore | Barnt | Ben UFO | Bicep | James Blake | Chvrches | Dan Deacon | Daughter | Marcel Dettmann | Diamond Version | Disclosure | Django Django | DJ Koze | Eats Everything | Everything Everything | Ellen Allien | Fantastic Mr Fox | Flying Lotus | Friends | Function | Get Physical Special feat. Andhim, Catz ‘N Dogz, M.A.N.D.Y., Smash TV (live), Wankelmut | Henrik Schwarz & Band | iamamiwhoami | James Holden | Joy Orbison | Karenn | Kettcar | King Krule | Ben Klock | Laing | Local Natives | Christian Löffler | Mark Ronson vs. Riton | Metro Area (live) | Modeselektor & Apparat (DJ-Set) | Mount Kimbie | MS MR | Miss Kittin (live) | Mykki Blanco | The Knife | Oliver Koletzki | Markus Kavka | Owen Pallett | Purity Ring | Rebel Rave @ Big Wheel feat. Art Department, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus u.a. | Rhye | Roosevelt | Rudimental | Ry/Frank Wiedemann | SBTRKT (DJ-Set) | Schwarzmann (live) | Scuba | Shields | Sinkane | Solomun | Soulwax | Suol special feat. Daniel Bortz, Chopstick & JohnJon, Till Von Sein and Trickski | Swim Deep | The 1975 | Todd Terje & Lindstrøm live | Trentemøller | Trümmer | Two Fingers | Otto Von Schirach | Woodkid | Zebra Katz and many more to be announced…


Regular 3-day tickets (EUR 119 plus booking fee and EUR 5 garbage disposal)
Tickets are valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Camping: Thu, 18th July, 1pm – Mon, 22nd July, 3pm.