Jetlag

Milosh

Deadly, 2013

http://milosh.bandcamp.com

REVIEW BY: Vish Iyer

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 06/04/2014

The release of Milosh’s fourth album Jetlag is well-timed, coming out shortly after Rhye’s Woman, Milosh’s collaboration with Robin Hannibal. Just when the buzz around this sexy masterpiece (Woman) by this mysterious indie R&B band (Rhye) is heating up, especially with the enigmatic male singer (Milosh) who sings perfectly like a woman, out comes Jetlag, which also has a similarly themed album cover: How coincidental! If ever there is a time for Milosh to release an album and get some good exposure, it’s now. Rhye is probably the introduction for most people to Milosh, and as a result, my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Jetlag is probably going to be their introduction to Milosh’s solo body of work.

Without a doubt, Jetlag is pretty much as important an album in Milosh’s solo catalog as his debut, since he is getting reintroduced to the world on this release.

Having said that, did Milosh deliver on Jetlag? He certainly did. To view Jetlag with the same set of expectations as Rhye will be unfair. This release is certainly – and by a long shot – not as good as Woman, and that’s a given. But at the same time, it is quite a different type of record, too. Woman might share the same bedroom-certified seductive downtempo feel of Jetlag, but this is all that is similar between the two albums.

Milosh is an electronic musician, and Jetlag is a fully electronic music album. It is an absolutely chill record, with soft soothing beats and minimal synthesizers, over which Milosh lays down his sexy vocals. “Do You Want What I Need,” “Don’t Call It,” “Water,” and the superb eight-minute long “Slow Down” make up the choice cuts.

Although Jetlag is laidback, there are times when it just fades a little too readily into the background like some boring minimalistic filler on a Depeche Mode album. Also, while Rhye is full of emotional songs that are quite amazing, the more soulful cuts, like “Stakes Ain’t High” and “Slow Down,” don’t quite work up the same effect on this album.

As a solo artist who has self-produced and released Jetlag on his own label, Milosh has done quite well. Even though he will forever be known as “Milosh of Rhye,” Milosh was first a solo artist, way before Rhye ever happened. And Jetlag shows he is perfectly capable on his own.

Rating: B-

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