“Music is comprised of frequencies,” says the group’s frontman Mike Milosh. “Frequencies resonate with the body. That union creates an emotional reaction that can be happy or sad. It’s so immediate, and it unites us. You don’t need an academic education to appreciate a record. Your being just responds. It’s at the root of who we are. We listen to songs in order to feel melancholic, joyful, introspective, or sexy. When we’re at a festival or a club, we look like animals with how we move when we hear those notes. I want to create something that brings everyone together in these sensual moments.”
That’s exactly what Rhye has done since first surfacing in 2013 with the critically exalted debut album Woman. Under the cover of booming piano, analog synths, natural percussion, and heavenly vocals, the group quietly became a phenomenon. Woman garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin, and Pitchfork who dubbed it “Best New Album.”Along the way, the group sold out theaters around the globe between standout festival sets at Coachella, Pitchfork, and a storied concert in Denmark accompanied by a 49-piece all-girls choir.
As the band began writing in 2016, this expansive live show indelibly impacted their second full-length album.
“Because we play out so much, we’ve built this show that’s somewhat different from Woman,” he goes on. “It’s a little more psychedelic. I wanted to bring that to the second record. I really wanted to incorporate much more soulful and earthy colors. It had to be all live percussion and piano. Things aren’t as quantized or controlled. It’s not as rigid. Instead, the human intimacy had to come through the actual instrumentation this time around. Everything comes from a physical entity like an instrument.”
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