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Rhye, “Home” (Loma Vista)
Inspired by the series of live music gatherings Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Milosh hosted at his Los Angeles home studio before the pandemic, Rhye has kept that feeling of community on the band’s fourth album, connecting with artists near and far. Among the guests on the album are the Danish National Girls’ Choir, which help set the album’s tone in the “Intro” and “Outro”; Grammy-winning cellist Peter Jacobsen, who plays on most of the album’s 13 tracks; and former San Francisco mainstay Nate Mercereau, who co-wrote and plays guitar, bass and a delightful French horn on “Hold You Down.”
The band broke through in 2013 with the LP “Woman” and has since stood out with orchestral R&B arrangements that complement Milosh’s gorgeous androgynous vocals. Rhye’s latest doesn’t veer too far from that and builds on the formula with the added layers of its collaborators.