Rhye first emerged from the shadows in early 2012 - a flicker of immaculately produced, sensuous pop, an elusive aesthetic hinting at a stark sensual physicality, and a soft yet deeply stirring voice. Fast-forward to the end of the same year and it becomes clear the excitement that surrounded this new and intriguing band was every bit justified, with the announcement of Woman the debut album from Rhye that is released March 4th on Polydor.
Beginning with a transatlantic discovery of a rare musical kinship following the intention of collaborating on a remix, the duo who make up Rhye quickly set out working on a new project together, recording between Copenhagen and Los Angeles. Enthusiasm and intrigue for the first fruits of their labor was not late to follow, with a first track being championed by the likes of The Fader, the NME who described it as "a mesmerizing gem" and The Guardian who called their music "quietly fabulous". The ensuing 'The Fall' EP went on to enjoy further accolades, with profile pieces in the likes of Pitchfork, FACT and Interview Magazine giving first insight into the bands inner workings, alongside winning the endorsement of Fearne Cotton at BBC Radio 1 who made the track her Record Of The Week.
Indeed, the immediately striking quality upon listening to the album is how fully formed and quietly confident it is, demonstrating Rhye's music stands first and foremost as a unified body of work. Suitably titled first single 'Open' introduces the album with gentle flourishes of brass and strings to emerge into a soulfully dulcet, morning-lit romantic ode. Lyrics like "I'm a fool for you belly, I'm a fool for your love" illustrate the duo's gift for articulating the poignant and emotional in seemingly small, everyday moments of intimacy.
By now familiar single 'The Fall' sees a caressing autumnal piano, lyrical strings and bass-driven groove serving to soundtrack a lover's plea. '3 Days' shimmers with glissando harps, orchestral synths and bittersweet melody permeated by a mist of unfulfilled yearning. Elsewhere, the popping disco-funk of 'Hunger' evokes the giddiness of dance-floor infatuation haunted by a reflective modern ennui.
Less than a year since their first enticing glimmer and Rhye are ready to step fully into the light with a brilliant debut album. Inspired by a love of classic beauty and striking a delicate balance between a refined decadence and a classic elegance, Woman promises to be one of the most memorable and rewarding debuts of 2013.