Album: Phi in the Sky
Label: Extasy Records
Though Kidneythieves' first album focused on internal wars and past illusions, the band's new EP Phi in the Sky is an album that centers on balance, preparing listeners for the forthcoming full-length, Zerospace.
The five-member group has a magical chemistry that is reflected throughout each song. Free Dominguez's vocals lay somewhere between Tori Amos and Madonna, entrancing the listener from track one.
Dominguez's lovely voice successfully contrasts the mix of hard rock and trancey sounds that frame it. And on the album version of "Zerospace," she manipulates her voice into a rougher version that appears on the surrounding tracks, a sound she somehow pulls off just as well as the natural flow of vocals displayed elsewhere.
Though ravers are guaranteed to fall in love with the EP, Phi in the Sky has something that transcends categorizing it into one group of listeners. The tracks make you want to listen, and they do so by incorporating sounds that are unexpected, including something that mimics a breathing machine.
The EP has a parental advisory for explicit content, but listeners should not let this warning distract them from appreciating lyrics on the album. "Zerospace" finds the lyricist delving into opposing selves, singing, "I am a fallen zero/ below the glaciers of evil/ I am a golden superhero/ above the sun and all the people."
In "Spank," the instruments drop into a softer mood towards the middle, allowing the lyrics to take center stage. This gives a sense of balance to the beginning and ending, which features harder and angrier music that is complemented by the singer singing, "I would try to burn you/ but I won't." To counteract this thought, she assures listeners in the softer middle section that she is not as hurt as the previous lyrics suggest, singing, "Your love has no pain," assuring all that she is not out to give it pain.
The EP makes even new listeners anticipate the release of the full-length Zerospace. The main complaint is that one must wait for the sophomore album to hit stores, settling for a small taste of it with Phi in the Sky.
Kidneythieves reach for sky with Phi
Published: Fri Nov 30, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:57 p.m.