It sounds strange to say, since love has only been the subject of roughly 95 percent of the songs in recorded history, but “Woman,” the recent debut LP from the enigmatic Los Angeles duo Rhye, who come to Royale on Tuesday, has captured the romantic imaginations of listeners in a way that seems utterly new. Contemporary love songs tend to focus on the pain of break-ups, unrequited love, or overt expressions of lust, but the 10 songs here seem broadcast directly from the throes of authentic, infectious romance.
This sense of romance is so palpable for good reason, Robin Hannibal, (one half of Rhye with Mike Milosh) explains on the phone from Los Angeles. Each was in love with a woman from California and in the midst of moving there from Europe while they were writing. The sense of longing from afar, and the euphoria of reunion were familiar emotions in their lives.