Posted on 02.27.13 at 10:42 pm

Rhye’s anonymous introduction to the blogosphere created perfect space for the LA duo to debut their work. If not only because the music lives up to the hype, then because the intention was for the audience to have an honest connection to the record without the imagery and fashion of today’s music industry- success on all counts.

Their highly anticipated LP Woman is a relevant and vanguard soul record, with a refreshing and flourishing embodiment of synthesizers, strings, and horns. It’s understated and detailed – bearing marks of 60’s Philly Soul and Quiet Storm Soul – unexpectedly injected with some moments of Smooth Jazz.

Singer/producer Mike Milosh’s crooning contralto voice initiates a dialogue about gender roles in contemporary music. Paired with the surrendering lyrics Rhye paints a picture of a new man in pop culture, a man who knows how to love.

Woman starts off strong with its two pre-released singles, Open, and The Fall, establishing a lasting impression and instantly submerging the listener in its moody, sultry world. The third track from their previous EP, 3 Days, is another standout. It opens with a delicate harp intro before turning into one of the more synth-heavy tracks; dreamy and romantic. The new material, a remaining 7 tracks, completes the record seamlessly – creating a cohesive project, beautifully delivering a magnificent new sound – a paradigm shifting perspective, and a very solid record indeed.

9/10

-Rick Marcello-

Originally published on Bowlegs Music Review.

Stream the album at Pitchfork before it’s March 5th release date.

Also check out this mix Rhye released, “Soulful Mix for the Lovers’ dancefloor”.

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