Intimate is something of a worn-out cliché when it comes to describing music, but if someone is capable of honoring that adjective it’s Rhye [CAN] whose romantic minimalism at times comes so close that it becomes borderline intrusive. For a long time Rhye was a faceless project and many were those who answered when the songs Open and Fall were released from a mysterious sender in 2013. In a time of transparent careers and racing pulses Rhyes luxurious, secretive carefulness felt surprisingly refreshing. Sade meets The xx was a returning reference – a description that actually stands for some serious scrutiny. Just like with Sade the soft, airy and sensual voice is mysterious and androgyne and just like with The xx the arrangements are sparse and effective. At Way Out West, Rhye will perform in just about the perfect venue for this kind of music – an intimate beautiful church.
Rhye released their second album earlier this year and quite a few things have changed since the debut. Among other things Rhye has performed almost 500 concerts as well as a break up between the singer Mike Milosh and producer Robin Hannibal. Maybe these are the reasons why the music has taken a more organic turn. Another break up of significance for the music is Milosh divorce from the woman he devoted the album Woman (2013) to. Take a deep breath, put your phones on airplane mode and expect the unexpected.
Rhye will perform at Stay Out West on Thursday August 9. Get tickets for one or three days here!