Rhye — Woman (2013)

Rhye — Woman (2013)                                     Rhye — Woman
≡⇑≡     “Throughout Woman, Rhye deals deftly with the double~edged dagger of love, exposing both its beauty and its faults. In ten songs, the spectrum of emotions triggered by love, ranging from infinite highs to crushing lows, is explored with a sense of discretion that is often absent in today’s music. Woman works because it balances restraint and candor, presenting love in neither a chaste nor debauched light. Milosh, through his gossamer vocals, delivers a message of stunning clarity: despite the risk, love is beautiful.”  — JEAN~LUC MARSH
Location: Toronto, Canada/Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Album release: March 5, 2013
Record Label: Loma Vista/Polydor/Innovative Leisure/Universal Republic
Duration:     35:57
Tracks:
01. Open     3:37
02. The Fall     3:45
03. Last Dance     3:27
04. Verse     2:52
05. Shed Some Blood     3:21
06. 3 Days     4:16
07. One of Those Summer Days     4:33
08. Major Minor Love     3:56
09. Hunger     3:30
10. Woman     2:40
Members:
♥   Mike Milosh
♥   Robin Hannibal
CREDITS:
∠    Tom Coyne  Mastering
∠    Thomas Drayton  Bass
∠    Bjørn Gjessing  Piano Engineer
∠    Andreas Halberg  Bass
∠    Stuart Hardie  Art Direction, Design
∠    Elizabeth Lea  Horn Arrangements, Trombone
∠    Tom Lea  String Arrangements, Viola, Violin
∠    Mads Oustrup  Mixing
∠    Rebekah Raff  Harp
∠    Rhye  Arranger, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, Instrumentation, Mixing, Producer, String Arrangements
∠    August Rosenbaum  Piano
∠    Itai Shapiro  Guitar
∠    Todd Simon  Flugelhorn, Horn Arrangements, Trumpet
∠    Rachell Smith  Photography
∠    Tracy Wannomae  Clarinet, Flute, Horn Arrangements, Saxophone
Album Moods: Delicate Languid Passionate Sensual Sexual Soft/Quiet Soothing Sophisticated Spacey Stylish Sweet Brooding Elegant Intimate Sparkling Springlike Yearning
Themes: Daydreaming Heartache In Love Romance Seduction
Awards:
Billboard Albums:
∠    2013 The Billboard 200     #55
∠    2013 Top Digital Albums     #19
Billboard Singles:
♥   2013 Open  Japan Hot 100 Singles     #92
Editorial Reviews:
♥   LA~based duo, Rhye, formed under the guise of creating art inspired by classic beauty and honest emotion.
♥   Recorded in Copenhagen and Los Angeles, their sound brings together elements of their modern cultural aesthetics mixed with an homage to classic sensibilities; lush strings and melodies intertwined with simple electronic production and soft and sultry vocals — a marriage between refined decadence and modern elegance.
Review by Andy KellmanScore: ****
♥   In 2010, Mike Milosh flew to Denmark to work on a Quadron remix with that duo’s Robin Hannibal. The collaboration grew into another duo, named Rhye, which released two singles on Innovative Leisure in 2012. Milosh and Hannibal weren’t forthcoming about being behind the achingly romantic soul~pop elegance of  “Open” and  “The Fall.”   Once word got out, it seemed forehead~smacking obvious to anyone familiar with Milosh’s solo albums and Hannibal's many involvements, Quadron included. Rhye’s Woman, released on a major and front~loaded with the first two A~sides, is an ideal fusion of the two instrumentalists and producers, whose sound is enhanced — never overstuffed — with horns, woodwinds, and strings, including harp. Tempos rarely break a breezy pace. When they do, they arrive at just the right time, during the album’s latter half. The lilting “3 Days” echoes the Blue Nile’s “Tinseltown in the Rain,” while “Hunger” is breathy boogie, like a sequel to Owusu & Hannibal’s “Lonnie’s Secret” with surprisingly well~placed horn skronks. In the main, the purpose is bedroom listening, though the tone is so bright that daytime play seems most suitable. The lyrics are packed with metaphors, yet they are expressed in a heartrending and inviting manner. They don’t get more explicit than “I’m a fool for that shake in your thighs” — the album”s opening line. Milosh’s voice, high and sigh~like, is frequently likened to that of the significantly deeper and richer Sade but is closer to that of Michael Franks. Beside Hannibal, he’s made his most expressive and pleasurable material to date. Anyone new to Hannibal’s work should start with Quadron’s self~titled album and then check the group Boom Clap Bachelors, the album Living with Owusu & Hannibal, Szjerdene’s “Lead the Way,” and Leon Ware’s “Orchids for the Sun.” Milosh has three albums on Plug Research, home to Quadron, all of which are worth some time. (Allmusic.com)
RHYE BIO
♥   It was chance that brought two musicians together, Robin from his home in Copenhagen, and the Canadian Milosh, from his adopted city of Berlin. It was their creative collision and new personal loves formed that turned an overflow of inspiration into music focusing solely on beauty. But long before they became Rhye, the duo had been on each other’s minds.
♥   “I had been listening to Milosh’s work for years,” Robin says, “then when it became time to commission a remix of my work with Quadron, we decided that Milosh would be the one to do it”.
♥   Across the world, Mike had been a fan of Quadron, and was excited about the opportunity to take the bands’ songs in a new direction. Yet, when the tracks came back, Robin had a revelation. “It didn’t sound that much like a remix really, instead it was like Mike had created layers and layers of amazing vocals and created and idea for a new song,” Robin says, “it was more of a rough idea for another song, and that inspired me to start working on a song based on his vocals.”
♥   This small idea became the catalyst for a bigger idea. Robin reworked those tracks and built a new song from the sonic fragments that Milosh had forged. Then when their insanely busy schedules simmered down, Milosh left Berlin to meet Robin for a session in his Copenhagen studio. The two hit it off instantly and connected on their love of 60s soul music and classical soundtracks of their favorite movies.
♥   They connected on the idea that music that could cut straight to the heart and those pulse~raising sounds are really all that matteres. No attitudes, no gimmickry, no egos or rockstar posturing: just pure sounds from the soul. “We both really like emotional music, something that has that quality of getting under your skin,” Robin says. “That is Mike’s quality. He’s haunting, and I hear so many interments in his voice.”
♥   “I have been compared to Sade so many times in the last six years that it’s kind of lost an effect on me,” Milosh says. “I have always had more of an attraction to female vocals, as I like music to have a soothing quality. Comfort. I am more interested in the beauty in music then any of the other colors that seem to be represented in most of what we hear.”
♥   “We would go back and fourth on ideas slowly carving away to the best place for the song to sit like a sculpture being made, whittle from stone.” Milosh says about their time composing music together from across the world. Once Robin had moved to Los Angeles and Milosh’ schedule stabilized, the time was right. Final, the stars aligned for Rhye, and they could spend almost a month fashioning their cinematic sound.
♥   Rhye’s music is big and ambitious, a sound that could have been crafted in Capitol Records.
Website: http://www.rhyemusic.com/
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Critical reception:
♥   Woman was very well received by critics, with many comparing the album’s sound to the artist Sade. The album currently holds an 79/100 rating on Metacritic.
♥   The album was named a longlisted nominee for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize on June 13, 2013.
REVIEW
By Miles Raymer; March 5, 2013  Score: 8.5
♥   Rhye’s short history is marked by serendipity and mystery. A couple of years ago, after being tapped by Hannibal’s Copenhagen~based electronic group Quadron, producer/vocalist Mike Milosh flew to Denmark to work with the group and they hit it off. Eventually, Quadron producer Robin Hannibal moved to L.A. in pursuit of a woman, and Milosh coincidentally relocated there as well, and started his own serious relationship (which has since evolved into a marriage) before they reconnected musically.
♥   From what Milosh has said, Rhye~s primary goal is to pay tribute to this type of world~tilting romantic experience, but so far the pair have delivered their interpretations of this very personal phenomenon from behind a veil of secrecy. They released their first single, “Open”, anonymously, and promoted it in a deliberately opaque fashion, like a YouTube video of Milosh serenading his wife with a solo piano rendition of the song, shot in a way where you can barely make him out in silhouette. Even after revealing their identities, the pair refuse to say where the group’s name comes from or what it means, and their full names don’t appear anywhere in the liner notes to their debut album, Woman.
♥   Even without a face to attach it to, Rhye’s music itself feels deeply intimate. Much of this comes from Hannibal and Milosh’s deft arrangements — each of Woman’s 10 songs makes its point with a bare minimum of moving parts. Beats, basslines, and Milosh’s voice are at the center of nearly all of them; although a majority of the tracks boast arrangements for horns and strings, most of these are so subtle that you might not even realize they’re there until you read the liner notes afterward. The lean production leaves little space between the listener and the songs, and they feel almost touchably close.
♦    And then of course there’s Milosh’s voice itself, a gorgeous and graceful countertenor that many listeners have mistaken for a woman’s, especially in the days before the group unmasked themselves. He’s a subtle performer, but also canny. The restraint that the pair shows in their arrangements also carries over to his singing, which rarely rises above the volume of a conversation. It’s gentle, soothing, and easy to get lost in.
♥   That voice has drawn a number of comparisons to Sade, and the music behind it only underlines those similarities. Woman offers few sounds or ways of deploying them that wouldn’t be familiar to an R&B fan in the 90s, especially if they were into the British wing of the genre that at the time was focused on making gently bumping, slightly jazzy bedroom music.
♥   And although Milosh is an outspoken critic of what he considers a trend of crass sexualization in pop music, the album still embraces the physical aspects of the romantic experience it intends to glorify. Its sensual aspects may share the same sense of self~control (it’s sexy without being overtly sexual, erotic but not lascivious). As well~mannered as its carnal side may be, Woman is bound to become fodder for a tasteful boudoir soundtrack, something to be slotted next to the xx, another band Rhye’s been frequently compared to.
♥   The satin~sheets sensuality and Milosh’s vocals are impressive enough that they could save an otherwise unremarkable album, but the pair are also gifted songwriters who seem even stronger as a pair than as they did separately. Woman has only one bad song on it, though it should be noted that it’s seriously bad: “One of Those Summer Days” is boring and hook~free, and it not only dives face~first into the kind of sickly cloying sentimentality that they studiously avoid on the rest of the songs, but does so to the accompaniment of a drippy smooth~jazz alto sax solo.
♥   But a good number of the remaining songs come breathtakingly close to their own kind of perfection, at least close enough that it’s hard to imagine how anyone could improve them. “Open” may be so derivative of Sade that you may as well call it an homage, but considering that the closest point of comparison would be Sade’s “By Your Side” — one of the few truly perfect songs in pop history — that’s hardly a complaint. And I’d be surprised if Justin Timberlake and the members of Phoenix aren’t holding their new singles up to the lithe, clean~lined modern disco sound of “The Fall” and frowning at the results.
♥   Music about happy, successful relationships is always a tougher sell than music about romance gone bad, for the same reason that tragedies are more compelling than stories where everything works out fine for everyone. Bad fortune is naturally fascinating and contentment isn’t, and unless you’re in a happy, successful relationship you don’t want to hear about someone else’s. But Woman somehow gets to break those rules, in large part because the music itself is so easy to fall in love with.
Fortaken: http://pitchfork.com/
Also:
By David Renshaw; As anaemic as a hipster Emeli Sandé.
Score: 5/10
•  http://www.nme.com/reviews/rhye/14212
Words by JEAN~LUC MARSH;  Score: [A–]
•  http://prettymuchamazing.com/reviews/review-rhye-woman
By MESFIN FEKADU 03/06/13 01:42 PM AP
•  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/06/rhyes-woman-review-new-electronic_n_2821637.html
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Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble — Where Future Unfolds (2019
Meredith Monk & Bang on a Can All~Stars — Memory Game (03/27/20)
Pharoah Sanders — „Live In Paris (1975): Lost ORTF Recordings“
I Like to Sleep — Daymare (April 17, 2020)
MoE/Mette Rasmussen — Tolerancia Picante (March 25, 2019)
The Tiger Lillies — Cold Night in Soho (10 Feb. 2017)
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Sarah Jarosz — World On The Ground (June 5, 2020)
Kate Amrine — This Is My Letter to the World (Jan. 24, 2020)
Fiona Apple — Fetch The Bolt Cutters (17 Apr., 2020)
The Tiger Lillies — Covid~19 (April 10, 2020)
Veneer — Recovery (April 15, 2020)
Siobhan Wilson — The Departure (10 May, 2019)
BC Camplight — Shortly After Takeoff (24 April 2020)
Siobhan Wilson — There Are No Saints (14 Jul, 2017)
Brendan Benson — Dear Life (April 24, 2020)
Ali Holder — Uncomfortable Truths (April 10, 2020)
From Atomic — Deliverance (April 2020)
Whyte Horses — Hard Times (17th of Jan., 2020)
Gerald Cleaver — Signs (March 27, 2020)
Sophie Tassignon — Mysteries Unfold (April 24, 2020)
HOUPACÍ KONĚ: SOULKOSTEL 8 11 2019 (April 25, 2020)
Sarah Longfield — Dusk (April 22, 2020)
Ariel Pink — House Arrest (2002/Mar 2011/April 24, 2020)
All The Best, Isaac Hayes (A Spoken Word Album)
Prophecy Playground — Comfort Zone (Feb. 15, 2020)
Mark Lanegan — Straight Songs Of Sorrow (8th May, 2020)
Genesis Revisited: Live at The Royal Albert Hall — 2020 Remaster
Joan As Police Woman — Cover Two (May 1, 2020)
Kuře v hodinkách — Flamengo
Kuře v hodinkách — Flamengo
Devon Williams — A Tear in the Fabric (May 1, 2020)
Johanna Warren — Chaotic Good (May 1, 2020)
emozpěv — Spolu (1st May 2020)
THE LEAGUE OF ASSHOLES — UNPLUGGED (1st May 2020)
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The Fratellis — Half Drunk Under A Full Moon (8th May, 2020)
The Fratellis — Half Drunk Under A Full Moon (8th May, 2020)
Cocteau Twins — Victorialand (April, 1986, Reissue 2020)
Coloured Clocks — Flora (May 2, 2020)
I Break Horses — Warnings (08 May 2020)
Hawkwind — Acoustic Daze (25 Oct. 2019)
Indoor Voices — Animal (Feb. 14, 2020)
I Break Horses — Chiaroscuro
Einstürzende Neubauten — Alles In Allem (May 29th, 2020)
100 Gecs — 1000 gecs (May 31, 2019)
Evergreen — Overseas (15 Jun 2018)
Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio — Angels Around (May 8, 2020)
The Feather — Room (10 July, 2020)
Eyvind Kang — Ajaeng Ajaeng (May 1, 2020)
Eyvind Kang — Ajaeng Ajaeng (May 1, 2020)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — The Mosaic of Transformation (May 15, 20
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Mr. Alec Bowman — I Used to Be Sad & Then I Forgot (May 1, 2020)
György Ligeti — Lontano (22. Oct.,1967)
OWEN PALLETT — Heartland (March 3, 2014)
Badly Drawn Boy — Banana Skin Shoes (22nd May, 2020)
A.O. Gerber — Another Place to Need (May 22, 2020)
Kaleidoscope — Faintly Blowing (11 April 1969, Reissue, Remaster
Perfume Genius — Set My Heart On Fire Immediately (15th May 2020
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Sungazers — Wasting Space (May 18, 2020)
Cermaque — Lament (22nd May, 2020)
Mountaineer — Bloodletting (May 22nd, 2020)
Jetstream Pony — Jetstream Pony (May 22, 2020)
Steve Earle — Townes (May 8, 2009)
Steve Earle & The Dukes — Ghosts of West Virginia (May 22, 2020)
Sixth June ‎— Trust (17 Jan 2020)
White Tail Falls — Age of Entitlement (May 29, 2020)
Weyes Blood — “Wild Time” from Titanic Rising
Nicole Atkins — Italian Ice (29 May 2020)
Deerhoof — Future Teenage Cave Artists (May 29, 2020)
Deradoorian — Find the Sun (Sept. 18, 2020)
Bob Dylan — Rough and Rowdy Ways (June 19th, 2020)
The Magnetic Fields — QUICKIES VINYL BOX SET (June 19, 2020)
The Magnetic Fields — QUICKIES VINYL BOX SET (June 19, 2020)
This Will Destroy You — Vespertine (June 9, 2020)
Jake Blount — Spider Tales (May 29, 2020)
Jake Blount — Spider Tales (May 29, 2020)
Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore — YOKOKIMTHURSTON
Psychic Markers — Psychic Markers (29 May, 2020)
The Memories — Pickles & Pies (May 29, 2020)
Songs for the Late Night Drive Home (Feb. 5, 2016)
Spc Eco — Dark Matter (Nov. 20, 2015)
SPC ECO — June (June 1, 2020)
Yves Tumor — Heaven to a Tortured Mind (April 3, 2020)
Norah Jones — Pick Me Up Off the Floor (June 12th, 2020)
Larkin Poe — Self Made Man (June 12th, 2020)
Ezra Furman — Sex Education [Original Soundtrack] (April 24, 202
Endless Field — Alive in the Wilderness (June 12, 2020)
Wesley Gonzalez — Appalling Human (June 12, 2020)
Noveller — Arrow (June 12, 2020)
Kim Myhr & Australian Art Orchestra — Vesper (17.04. 2020)
Kim Myhr & Australian Art Orchestra — Vesper (17.04. 2020)
Andrej Šeban — Triplet (March 22, 2019) inner cover
Andrej Šeban — Triplet (March 22, 2019) cover
The Crossing & Donald Nally — James Primosch: Carthage (05/2020)
Jerskin Fendrix — Winterreise (April 17, 2020)
Zoongideewin — Bleached Wavves (June 19, 2020)
ULRICH SCHNAUSS — A Long Way To Fall — Rebound (3rd April, 2020)
Sports Team — Deep Down Happy (5th June, 2020)
Wrekmeister Harmonies — We Love to Look at the Car (2020)
Midlake — Antiphon (Nov. 4, 2013)
ANASTASIA MINSTER — Father ©Michael Haley
Jessie Ware — Glasshouse (Deluxe; 20 Oct 2017)
Teen Daze — Morning World
Jessie Ware — What’s Your Pleasure (June 26, 2020)
Art Feynman — Half Price At 3:30 (June 26th, 2020)
Bo Ningen — Sudden Fictions (26th June, 2020)
Khruangbin — Mordechai (June 26, 2020)
Pottery — Welcome to Bobby’s Motel (June 26th, 2020)
Orlando Weeks — A Quickening (June 12, 2020)
John Craigie — Asterisk the Universe (June 12, 2020)
Kavus Torabi — Hip to the Jag (May 22, 2020)
Nadine Shah — Kitchen Sink (June 5, 2020)
Paul Weller — On Sunset [Deluxe Edition] (3rd July, 2020)
Corb Lund — Agricultural Tragic (June 26, 2020)
Christine Ott — Chimères (pour ondes Martenot) (May 22, 2020)
The Beths — Jump Rope Gazers (July 10th, 2020)
Ashley Paul — Window Flower (May 13, 2020)
Grey Daze — Amends [Deluxe Edition] (July 3, 2020)
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Ajimal — As It Grows Dark / Light (June 26, 2020)
Ajimal — As It Grows Dark Light (June 26, 2020)
Eleanor Friedberger — Rebound (May 4th, 2018)
ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER — NEW VIEW (January 22, 2016)
Immigrant Union — Judas (June 19, 2020)
Julianna Barwick — Healing Is a Miracle [Japan Edition] (2020)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse — Colorado (Oct. 25, 2019)
Neil Young — Homegrown (19th June, 2020)
The Jayhawks — XOXO (July 10, 2020)
Joy Division — Closer (40th Anniversary) [2020 Digital Master] (
Daniel Bachman — The Morning Star (July 27, 2018)
Daniel Bachman — Green Alum Springs (June 6, 2020)
Becca Mancari — The Greatest Part (June 26, 2020)
Ytamo — Vacant (June 12, 2020)
Bright Eyes — Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was (Aug.
Thin Lear — Wooden Cave (24th July, 2020)
Devendra Banhart — Vast Ovoid (July 24, 2020)
Cub Sport — LIKE NIRVANA (24 July, 2020)
Sara Serpa — Recognition (June 5th, 2020)
Sara Serpa, Ingrid Laubrock, Erik Friedlander — Close Up (2018)
Klara Lewis — Ingrid (1st May 2020)
Buju Banton — Upside Down (June 26, 2020)
Son Lux — Learning Structures vol. 1~4 (Oct. 11th, 2019)
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The Boomtown Rats — Citizens of Boomtown (13 March, 2020)
Ralph of London — The Potato Kingdom (19th June, 2020)
Mike Polizze — Long Lost Solace Find (July 31, 2020)
Land of Talk — Indistinct Conversations (July 31, 2020)