:Rivet: Thought Thieves â€“ Krista
Thought Thieves â€“ Krista
Release Date: April 29, 2011
Label: Self Release
Review by: Debbi Baldwin
The release of an EP is usually a good way to test the water and see how well a whole album might be received by the general public. So when listening to Krista, the recently released second EP from Electronica/Dark Wave band Thought Thieves, I was hoping for something amazing that would have me eagerly awaiting a full length extravaganza.
From the beginning there is a definite New Wave vibe to the tracks. The band have stated that they are a ‘computer free/human friendly’ outfit, aiming the create thought provoking and exciting music for the masses, although I’m not quite sure there’s a need for four different keyboard players amongst this Minneapolis six-piece (or five piece, depending on which piece of information you read). Combined with a guitar, bass, drums and vocals, there is the potential to create an electronic symphony, yet they donâ€™t quite reach those dizzying heights.
For such a variety of instruments amongst their number the music itself is fairly simple. Saying that, there is a fairly catchy, rhythmic quality to certain tracks (â€œParalyzedâ€ especially) which suggests what they were actually aiming for with their sound and shows the latent greatness lurking just below the surface. The title track â€œKristaâ€ has a very retro feel which makes it quite quirky, and there is an unexpected darker twist with â€œ13â€, mainly because although they are described as Dark Wave there is little Dark through the other tracks, which is a shame.
The band have stated that they are backing track free, which is a bold move in such a well packed genre, but with a few more technical breakdowns and some vocal tweaks (not that thereâ€™s anything specifically wrong with them, just maybe could be a little sharper) they could be onto something interesting. I think it would be unfair to pass judgement before they have had chance to spread their wings and venture out into the world of full length albums, so I will be curiously awaiting their next release, fingers and toes crossed, and hopefully they will be able to deliver a thought provoking masterpiece.
1. Krista 03:49
2. Remorse 04:12
3. Paralyzed 05:53
4. Say Goodbye 03:26
5. 13 04:24
6. Krista Encouraging Remix (Heliosphere) 06:34