By David Peter Simon | October 15th, 2012
Back in February, we recommended that you check out a little indie number called “Open,” which we were considering one of the best debuts of 2012. Eight months later, we still have to agree.
Now, the mysterious Los Angeles-based electronic duo Rhye have returned with a fantastic new single, “The Fall.” This track features a great hook and a really pleasant little piano motif. It’s like a time machine back to the good ole days of indie, back when people actually used to listen to bands like Architceture in Helsinki and Air.
Except now, Rhye’s added a bit of soul, taken inspiration from bands like The xx then put their own spin on the vocals to deliver what Pitchfork is calling “full-blooded heat.” I haven’t seen this quality of alternative music for a while, and I, along with many others, have been sucked into the weird vacuum of beats and (post) dubstep that populate SoundCloud. We’re lucky to have a band like Rhye come along and refresh our ears with indie balladary featuring horns and strings.
Bottom line? Rhye is music so good that you’ll be pleading for more. Luckily, they aren’t “slipping away” anymore – their EP is out now on iTunes via Innovation Leisure with a full-length release expected early next year.
Their music is not only delightful in sound, but beautiful in presentation. Don’t miss their cutely depressing video about innocence and desire on YouTube. Fitting for this audience, as many of us have reached that age where we’re starting to wonder: what’s this adulthood thing really mean?