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Rhye - Blood (Album Review)

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 Written by Milly McMahon

Photo: Genevieve Medow Jenkins

Rhye’s music unravels gently, each song blossoming like a slowly unfurling flower. The Canadian vocalist and composer Milosh - who’s now riding solo alongside a live band following the exit of collaborator Robin Hannibal - attempts to communicate ethereally, reaching out soul to soul.

'Blood' is the second Rhye album and shoots for the same bountiful acoustic atmospheres created on their 2013 debut, ‘Woman’. Mournful tones typify Milosh’s haunting vocals, but here he introduces a sense of funk and optimism into the mix.

Phoenix is a standout track, with its bass riffs and quicker tempo telling of positivity and defiance as Milosh imagines new beginnings after a romantic ending.

Written in the aftermath of a breakup, a dawning sense of hope, combined with fear and freshness, slowly comes into focus across the piece.

Sinful is another defining moment. Here Milosh experiments with electronics, ambience and muted type of euphoria, while Taste is a salute to the addictive indulgence melancholy invites. The kaleidoscope of sounds is rich and abundant in emotion, shapeshifting to the extent that Rhye eventually represents a state of mind more than a style.

Speaking on this new album, Milosh identified how important vulnerability was to its conception. Where ‘Woman’ was a more headphones-friendly record, this latest LP fuses together keys, physical percussion, buzzing analogue synths and expansive vocals with theatrical perfection. ‘Blood’ could be the basis of a monumental live show, not to mention a standout album for 2018.

Rhye Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Tue April 03 2018 - LONDON KOKO
Wed April 04 2018 - LONDON Heaven
Wed June 06 2018 - MANCHESTER O2 Ritz

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