Rhye – Open

“I’m a fool for that shake in your thighs,

I’m a fool for that sound in your sighs”

Rhye – Open

Who were Rhye? That was the question when Open dropped in 2013. A soulful and sensual number. The vocals, so soft and vulnerable had an androgynous feel to them . There was very little information until finally the singer was revealed to be Mike Milosh.

The track opens with some nice strings that build with modulated vocals to a very brief woodwind and then drops for the vocals. It’s a great intro.

Whenever people discuss favourite songs there is always a memory behind them. Mine of this is playing it for my musically minded best friend James and it having the same impact on him as it did with me. It was one song among many that we listened to while drinking wine, a motif of a great evening.

The lyrics are sexy, starting with an appreciation for his lover’s body during orgasm (shake in your thighs, sound in your sighs) but then go to some ambiguity referring to the lover being faded.

Is she physically tired or does the singer fear she is losing interest in the relationship? When the singer asks her to stay is he referring to relationship or is she sleepy?

The ambiguity continues throughout the song, he continues to describe how lost in love he is (caught in a pool held in your eyes, caught with a fool like a line) but also references the “gentle sting between us”.

Is the gentle sting a reference to a pain in the relationship or is he using the imagery of a wasp to refer to penetration.

Does the outro of “stay open” refer to something more carnal than simply pleading she keeps her hands open?

These questions all play out to the dreamy music that could easily be either post coital or break up.

It’s a great song and as of the 16th July 2019, one of my top 200.