Rhye, the project of Los Angeles-based musician Michael Milosh, releases a new single/video, “Come in Closer,” from his forthcoming album, Home, out January 22nd on Loma Vista Recordings. As presented on previous singles “Black Rain,” “Beautiful,” and “Helpless,” every element of Home is intentional and meant to reverberate on a higher extra-sensory plane. This sense of purpose is just as clear on “Come in Closer,” which unfurls with ambient sounds from a rainstorm that descended upon his home studio in Topanga during tracking. Thematically, “Come in Closer” presents how “as relationships deepen and youinvite someone into your world, your life, your home, layers of appreciation, vulnerability, and patience reveal themselves,” whether it be a romantic relationship as in the song or a relationship between siblings as in the video. Directed by Milosh and Genevieve Medow-Jenkins and shot in Big Sur, the video presents siblings “living without fear or inhibition, wild with the joy of simply being.”
Since the release of Rhye’s 2013 debut Woman, Milosh mostly lived on the road, playing up to one hundred shows a year and decamping in Toronto, Montreal, Thailand, the Netherlands, Germany and Los Angeles. On the heels of some major life changes, including a new relationship with Medow-Jenkins, he yearned for a more permanent space, a balm for the restless spirit and a place to simply be. Home, the follow-up to 2018’s Blood, is centered around the idea of home as the core of creativity and community. It’s familiar in its synthesis of propulsive beats, orchestral flourishes, piano ruminations and sultry, gender-nonconforming vocals, but never have they sounded more cohesive or alive.