LYFSTYL Music concert review Interview Rhye Commodore Ballroom
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After their debut album Woman was released, I spoke with Mike Milosh, who makes up one half of the duo, before his show at the Commodore Ballroom.
Milosh describes his solo work as less commercially accessible than the earthy, straight ahead song structures that frame Woman, but is deliberate in bringing experimentation to Rhye’s live sets.
Rhye’s show at the Commodore embodied Milosh’s search for evolution in his work. The set washed slowly, pointedly in with “Verse,” carried by the hazy purity that is Milosh’s looping vocals and the accompanying violin and cello. The bass line in “Open” was stripped down, while “Last Dance” hit distinct punches below a fitting trombone solo that flavoured the lo-fi electronic set with funk.
His lyrics stem from personal experiences, and in releasing his music without a fanfare persona, listeners are more able to attach their own understanding to the lyrics—making Rhye’s music as incredibly intimate as it is relatable.