Emerging Artist Watch: Milosh

Emerging Artist Watch: Milosh

Leigh MichaelThursday,16 January 2014

The Snap:

Canadian musician Michael Milosh recently released Jetlag, a collaboration with wife Alexa Nikolas. It is described by the duo as a “recording [of] unexpected intimate moments of laughter and love together; found sounds of everything from their travels around the world together to the most private spaces in their home.” Cut through the fuzzy stuff and it’s a great album.

You can grab Jetlag on iTunes or Amazon. While you’re at it, you might as well give a listen to Rhye, Milosh’s acclaimed collaboration with Robin Hannibal. Woman has much of the same sound as Milosh’s solo ventures, and has drawn comparisons to Sade and the xx.

The Download:

Michael Milosh is a Canadian born and bred transplant living in LA. He’s also a man of many contraditions; although his solo act, Milosh, and his collaboration with instrumentalist Robin Hannibal, Rhye, are both definitively electronica bands, the musician has a classical upbringing. He has been a skilled cellist since the age of three, and proclaims that it’s safe to assume that jazz is always playing on his home stereo.

Perhaps that’s why both Milosh and Rhye are so accessible to non-electronica fans. I confess that I don’t naturally gravitate towards the genre, but there’s some beautiful, lyrical element to anything that Michael Milosh creates. It’s magic. “The Fall” gained international attention last year for its compelling story and captivating construction – and if you haven’t done it yet, I suggest that you listen and watch it this instant. If every electronica song could be this exceptional, then I would be the genre’s biggest fan.

As an artist, Milosh also challenges the gender stereotypes that command the music industry today. His voice is decidedly feminine; if you didn’t know that he was a guy, you might assume that it’s a woman belting out the vocals. But this only serves to make his songs more intimate and profound. It works.

You can watch the video for “Slow Down” below. The film footage of the songs feels almost too intimate – invasive even – and somewhat detracts from the simple, clean cut beauty of each track. “Skipping,” for example, is far more enjoyable unaccompanied by longing glances and sentimental expressions shared by Milosh and Nikolas.

All in all, Milosh is an artist worth watching (). Some of his songs fall flat, but in all, every album that he’s delivered has been overwhelmingly beautiful and poignant.

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Hat Tips:

MiloshRhye, Pitchfork, Soundcloud, Image Credit: Flickr



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