"Into Orbit" CD
Genres: electronica, new age, ambient
3763 N. Oconto Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
April 6 - 13 2002
|The difference between electronica and new age is
sometimes blurrable; many bands have blended the two, including Orbital
and Enigma. KevOz manages to continue in this tradition, using
traditional electronica sounds and mixing them with new age synths and piano. Some of it
sounds like a cross-bred Orbital and Vangelis hybrid, while other parts are decidedly more
funky. KevOz manages to do both styles well, luckily, and as a result, this album is
clearly a good one. Is it great, though? No.
The title-track, a five-and-a-half minute
song, is very Les Rhythmes Digitales-esque, with a hint of Money
Mark added in for good measure. It is fun and excitable, but misses the certain
oomph of many of the more well-known acts. Meanwhile, "Love Goddess" is a
three-part piece that appears to document the timecourse of a relationship ("From
Afar," "Up Close," and "Leaving"). It starts off with a very
gradual, atmospheric sound, and then breaks into fast, driving beats, only to recoil later
- as the relationship ends. Most of the album is enjoyable, except for a few lowpoints
(the horrendous "Eyes On You," for example). I must say, KevOz shows a lot of
promise for the future, but this particular album isn't all that notable.