The Invisible Plan
Review score: 75%
Review Date: March 2014
Source: Rock Hard Reviews
The other day something interesting appeared on my Facebook feed. There, in black and white (and a touch of blue) was the grand news: Kidneythieves are releasing a new EP… and soon. This is clearly a sign. The stars have aligned and the time is right to review their last EP. Previously, I had barely listened to the tracks (except where they appeared on playlists) or noted their cover art (which reminds me of the 2013 Tomb Raider). Now the scales have fallen from my eyes (or should that be ears) and I will correct the oversight that left such a terrible hole in the reviews list.
Never and Me
A slowly-building start works up the tension. Softly-spoken, the vocals draw you into the lyrics, echoed by the synths. There’s a balance between the slow lyrics, and the industrial background… building a sci-fi factory in the minds of listeners (or is that just me). Flowing like the tide, this is the perfect draw in for a Kidneythieves album (and wouldn’t be out of place on the Suckerpunch Soundtrack).
The Invisible Plan
This one starts out with that futuristic sound, slightly juddering, that Kidneythieves do so well. The vocals at the beginning are like those of their earlier work. Riff-wise, there’s that on-off pattern used in a lot of old style rock. The lyrics are very ‘invasion of the body snatchers’ crossed with a conspiracy theory. We can all stand by the idea that you should use your mind… it’s a muscle after all.
F 2the F
There is a lot of distortion here, but in a good way. It’s like a spectral voice calling from another dimension. The vocals are near-whispers and probably meant to be heard through headphones. About half way through the track, someone remembered they do rock too. The energy picks up and you can hear the effort Free put into her singing. Only Kidneythieves could pull off the transition.
The introduction is incredibly calm, reminiscent of Marconi Union’s Weightless, chilled out and like being underwater, coupled with Free whispering through the speakers. The energy really builds up for the chorus, an element of danger to the story being told. These angels aren’t the light things that they are usually made out to be… these are dangerous and ruining the calm of the start.
For a while this was my favourite song on the album (I might have been caught mumbling lyrics a few times). Now I’m torn between this and Never and Me.
This one begins as though you’ve walked into a room where the song is already playing and gets right to the good bit. It keeps on rocking all the way through, and there’s a lot more guitar work than the other tracks. The lyrics conjure up an image of ‘They Live’ and a world where nothing is as it seems.
Yet another brilliant selection of music by Kidneythieves. Not a bad track among the bunch. Their songs have shaped into a unique format, like listening to the waves hitting the shore. No two Kidneythieves albums (or EPs) are the same. If there is a fault, it is the fact this is not an album. I wish there were twice the number of songs, but then I might never get to the end of this review.
I’m so glad these guys are back making music, and can’t wait for the new stuff. If it’s anything like this, it’ll be heaven.
Track List (may vary)
- Never and Me
- The Invisible Plan
- F 2the F
- Floating Angels