Open by Rhye

As a duo, these guys are fairly new to the music scene; Rhye’s members include a Canadian singer named Mike Milosh and a Danish instrumentalist named Robin Hannibal. They ended up collaborating on a few songs together when they both were signed independently to the record label Plug Research in Germany. Eventually they both relocated to Los Angeles separately and as fate would have it, they began working together and formed Rhye. These guys wanted to stand out in a unique way, which lead to them releasing two singles, “Open” and “The Fall,” online without any specific details about themselves in early 2013. Interestingly enough, these 2 online postings led to much attention in the music industry and a mass following of fans. Upon first listen of this song, I thought I was listening to the R&B singer Sade (who had plenty of hits in the 80’s and 90’s); but once I looked at the track information, I found out it was this group called Rhye. It wasn’t until today that I realized the lead singer is actually a male. As you listen, you will find that Milosh has a very high vocal range that is somewhat androgynous. The duo’s musical styling is extremely reflective of Sade, hence the reason why I thought it was her. Rhye released their debut album Woman in March of last year. Unfortunately, they haven’t received much airplay in the US, but in Europe they are quite popular. If you like the song “Open,” chances are you will like “The Fall” as well; they have the same feel. The string play on this track stands out, especially during the introduction of the song before Milosh begins to sing. Once Milosh starts singing, you can’t help but be captivated at how melodic his voice is; it’s very feathery and light, which blends effortlessly with the string and horn play. FYI: the first 18 seconds and last 36 seconds of the video aren’t actually part of the song, its ambient noise that was only part of the music video. Enjoy!

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