“Deep, hypnotic wyb surrounded by a pleasant percussion of Trip-hop and vocals -rhi-. The minimalist atmosphere gives an interesting state, which impresses surprisingly strong, philosophical lyrics and sensual voice.” (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)
“Глубокий, гипнотический вайб в окружении приятной перкуссии Trip-Hop и вокала -Rhi-. Минималистичная атмосфера дарит интересное состояние, которое поражает на удивление сильной, философской лирикой и чувственным голосом.”
Out 5th July, the “Nocturnes” EP is the first solo work from Canadian producer, songwriter, and vocalist Rhi since the release of her acclaimed album ‘The Pale Queen’. A follow up to Rhi’s Dead Silk project with Telemachus, “Nocturnes” is a collection of songs tracking the journey of modern dating and its ups and downs; “I was in a long-term relationship for the better part of a decade and these songs are the output of my experiences as a newly single woman”.
As a classically trained pianist, Rhi harnesses the swirling dreamy nature of nocturnal pieces practised in her past on this release; with the word “nocturnes” meaning a short composition inspired by, or evocative of, the night. This pensive romanticism ripples through the three tracks, bringing together the creativity of the electronic with the sparseness of the classical and harking back to Rhi’s debut LP ‘Reverie’, which also took its name from a classical piece.
Rhi’s musical background is present in the softness of opening track “Craving Your Love”. Offsetting beats and a bassline which take influence from the Hip Hop and Trap music that shadows many of Rhi’s releases, the hypnotic glide of the keys matches the bubbling sensuality running through the track. “This is about lusting after someone”, Rhi explains. “About feeling confident in your sexuality and knowing what you want. I wanted to paint a picture of when you feel an attraction to someone”.
Moving further through the journey of casual relationships, the “Nocturnes” EP eases into the looping spiral of “No One Else”. “I was exploring more cerebral topics when writing lyrics for the Dead Silk project, so this time around I wanted the subject matter to be a little lighter, and potentially more relatable”, Rhi adds. These common themes come to light here as she explores the subject of unrequited love and the messiness that can come from wanting something more from a situation.
“Red Pepper” brings the EP to a close with a splattering of rain, the strike of a match and a bubble popping. The closeness and familiarity of these sounds bring an almost ASMR quality to the track, evoking the heat and intimacy of the subject - “I wanted to recreate the energy of an intense love affair”. With lyrics that perfectly compliment these production nuances, the final chapter of “Nocturnes” twists lust with the mysterious nocturnal haze of the night.
The Dead Silk project collaboration with Telemachus saw Rhi handing over some of the production duties - “it was liberating and meant songs were finished quicker” – while “Nocturnes” EP sees the producer returning to her intricate individual roots; building tracks from beats and simple melodies before crafting vocals and lyrics to compliment the musicality; “Doing everything solo forces me to hone my skills, so I always embrace the challenge”.
This project follows Rhi’s David Foster-Wallace-inspired sophomore LP ‘The Pale Queen’ and phenomenal debut ‘Reverie’ which saw support from the likes of Jamz Supernova, Phil Taggart, Mixmag, EARMILK, Lauren Laverne, Nemone, Cerys Matthews and Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music), Jason Kramer and Garth Trinidad (KCRW) Benji B (BBC Radio 1), Toddla T (BBC 1Xtra), The New York Times, The Independent, Clash Magazine and Dummy. Based in London, Rhi (AKA Rhiannon Bouvier) continues to collaborate and create solo minimal, ethereal electronic soundscapes which range in style from bass music to hip hop and lo-fi.