Mike Milosh (Art Director, Designer, Illustrator, & Photographer)BLOOD – Rhye
Category:Album Artwork of the Year
Mike Milosh (aka. Rhye) finds humanity in musicality through a mosaic of emotive piano keys, physical percussion, buzzing analog synths, and expansive vocals. Driven by this approach, Rhye quietly transformed into a phenomenon with the arrival of their 2013 debut, Woman. The record garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin and Pitchfork who dubbed it Best New Album. Their single, “Open,” has accumulated over 44.5 million Spotify streams, while “The Fall” surpassed 24.7 million. Along the way, they sold out theatres around the globe between standout festival sets at Coachella, Pitchfork and a highlight concert in Denmark accompanied by a 49-piece all-girls choir. Rhye’s sophomore album, Blood, was released earlier this year to immense praise, with The Guardian calling it a “perfectly judged sepulchral take on R&B” and NME proclaimed to be a “triumph.” Blood sees the rebirth of Rhye and Milosh coming into himself fully-formed while staying true to what NPR says is the “reserved, understated and brilliant soul” of the project. Noisey called it “an album to dance to…and one to bring close to your heart, to your perceptions and subjections,” and Exclaim! called it “mood music” in their February 2018 issue where Rhye was featured as their cover story.