Download New Music: Rhye – Needed
Rhye comes through with a brand new smashing hot and dope single track entitled “Needed“. Like the sensual, tastefully rendered intimacies that came before it, “Needed” features Mike Milosh’s fluttering sigh, swirling with delicately laid instrumentation. On paper, it’s a classic Rhye song. Still, there’s something more brooding at play here, as if Milosh is a siren lulling his one-person audience into post-quarrel comfort. Tucked into the edges of its chorus — “I wanna be needed” — is a line that could be ripped from 50 Shades of Grey. “Why you look so fragile? Do I seem so bad?” sighs Milosh over a minor-key arrangement — metronome, a piano for the first time, lush strings and all — that resembles an inverted version of Rhye’s “Open.”
“Oh you look so pretty, there’s no devils here,” Milosh continues, a conjuring disguised as a come-on. After last year’s lovely, if one-note, Blood, a little bit of danger is a good look for Rhye. We can all benefit from scaling back on life’s excesses now and then, whether that means taking a break from screens, going on a cleanse, or just getting in touch with nature. Rhye has made a move toward minimalism with a new piano project entitled Spirit, which is due to come out May 10. The first offering from the new release has arrived with the gently soulful single “Needed. Rhye has had an evolving cast over the years, and the new track finds frontman Mike Milosh teaming up with former Semisonic band member and Adele collaborator Dan Wilson. The two join forces for a tastefully delicate track about deriving purpose from being needed by a partner.
At the forefront of the mix are Milosh’s signature radiant, lofty vocals, which are set against a warm stew of sparse piano chords, guitars, and tender synths. With the combination of soft, swirling instrumentals and striking vocals on “Needed,” the stripped-down new record is bound to be a fascinating new entry to the Rhye catalogue. This is the kind of song(s) you wouldn’t want to miss on your playlist.
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