Press Clippings from the album "Cryogenic Sleep"
kHz - Cryogenic Sleep: Marc E Elias MTV College Stringer. As I listen to this CD right now, I'm put in a state of pure bliss. I'm confused-how do they make these sounds? I'm relaxed-The constant thump regulates my emotions. I've never really experienced many sounds like it. The group kHz is made up of 1 electric engineer and a female vocalist. Raiana, the vocalist of the group, adds a dreamlike feeling to most of the tracks. The way Pull organizes and set up the music make it really feel like you might have once had a dream like it. The music is planned and synthesized; it sounds like anything and everything was done to get as far away from anything people have heard before. Cryogenic Sleep has 13 tracks of different music. Some tracks make you feel like you are tripping out with repetitional sounds and repeated phrases, while other tracks on the CD are pure and easy. The keyword about this group is the feeling. You can literally feel this woman's voice. Try the last track on the CD called "Floccipaucinihiplilification" (the real title!).
CMJ NEW MUSIC REPORT JACKPOT! The separate pieces of New York City trio kHz come together so cohesively that it's difficult to distinguish any one aspect as the focal point. Cryogenic Sleep, successfully fucks with your psyche on numerous levels. On one side, there's the dark sinister caress of the subtle keyboard lines, freak samples, and layers of electro-fuzz that make up the band's industrial-ambient backdrop. Musicians Pull and Denny devour texture like an amoeba, fusing a soundscape alien to anything and everything in the natural world. Their music makes a perfect nesting ground for vocalist Raiana's compelling gothic whispers. Her voice drifts in a limbo between depression and seduction, giving birth to the minimal " Make It Go Away" and an anchor to the drifting " When There Is Nothing." Listening to this release is like being lost in a macabre daydream: sinking deeper into it whenever you attempt to squirm free. Tangle yourself in the hypnotizing grip of "Feel Me," " Metal," and kHz's absolutely awesome take on Depeche Mode's " Fly On The Windscreen."
kHz Cryogenic Sleep Musician's Exchange - RA *****
From the first listening to this disc, my musical horizons were forever expanded, for which I thank it's creators deeply. There's been so much talk about the impending emergence of electronic music onto the national scene on a large scale, but up until I heard this album, I tended to dismiss most of the chatter. On this disc is proof that it's absolutely possible to achieve all the warmth, humor and life of the most inauspicious folk recording, within the realm of electronic music. I'm a believer.
KHZ-when there is nothing video review outburn magazine-rodent ek This needs to be on MTV. I can hardly wait for the "powers that be" and the rest of the world to get their heads out of their asses and pay some much-deserved attention to this band. The video should do it. Innovative electronics, emotional value, and pop sensibilities. Front Woman, Raiana, is hard and soft, mean and nasty, and oh soooo sweet and sexy! Excuse me while I wipe my drool and put my eyes back in their sockets. Rewind!
KHz Lollipop Magazine -Lex Marburger : On this album, you'll hear the sounds of sleepless nights, horror film sountracks, NIN's " A warm place," industrial dub,Portishead…Portishead? It's true; somehow kHz has managed to meld trip hop and moody, industrial electro in places. Singer Raiana doesn't so much croon the words as have them torn from her, agonizing " Make it go away." Programmer and sampler Pull is definitely onto something, mixing rather long samples (one's a man talking about music vs. big business, another's of a raver going on about trance dancing) with creepy electronic sounds, rounding it all off with some live bass, courtesy of Denny (I guess he couldn't come up with a cool nickname). This album is pretty slow and deep for the first four tracks, but during "Anxiety Attack" the energy and volume shoot upward, forcing the feedback and turntables to fit together with some earth-heavy drums and samples of a woman speaking French. Then it settles back down for a while, recessing into the dark corners of ambient, like some of Download's slower material. The soundtrack quality of their music comes out in " When there is nothing" a minimal piece, not much layering, a single keyboard line against Raiana's voice, some faint grinding and thumping serving for rhythm. kHz picks it back up for "Trance," throwing more "industrial" in, which means it's a little more accessible than before, but that doesn't last long when it segues into the heartbeat drum patterns of "Feel me" with the first full effect of Raiana's voice, rising and falling like a breath, as the keys in the background move to an almost AAA sound, without getting there. It ends gently, setting us back down where we started, but most certainly changed, although uncertain if for better or worse.
kHz Takes Techno Flight To a Whole new Plane
Ever since the onset of the Chicago based house music craze of the early 1980's,bands from the Orb to Kraftwerk have labored to push studio machinery to its most experimental boundaries. The result has been a market saturated with generic, psuedo-techno pretenders. And up until artists like Tricky, Portishead and The Chemical Brothers emerged onto the scene; it seemed techno may have been in danger of suffering the disco fate. Now that techno has vaulted from the relatively obscure to the relatively mainstream, it is being forced to constantly reinvent itself. Enter kHz. From the depths of New York's legendary club scene, the band emerges as an answer to the typical repetion of drum machine backbeats colored with kitchen appliance sound effects. kHz's first release "Cryogenic Sleep" is the manifesto of a band fed up with the prevailing techno sensibility and willing to push its machinery to an uninhabited level. This push is anchored by kHz's supersonic tech wizard, Pull. From the meandering aural melodies of songs like "When There Is Nothing" and "Feel Me" to the funkish electro pulses of "Lethargic" Pull establishes himself as a force to be reckoned with in the field of noise engineering. Also bolstering kHz's two-man orchestra pit is bass trickster Denny Brunelle. Perhaps the sweetest treats on the album, however, come from Vocalist Raiana ( not to be confused with Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon"). Transcending the often-feverish pace of Pull's techniques, Raiana's voice seems to hover above the music at times, especially in "Feel Me" and "I'm Here." With a voice that seems to vacillate between psychosis inspiring lament and uplifting skips through the subconscious, Raiana keeps kHz's elusive sound from falling into the realm of enigmatic. Overall, in only it's first release, kHz has carved a distinctive niche into the ever-expanding world of techno. Though the bands experimental subterranean rhythms lose their trellis at times, Raiana's strong vocal presence lends a semblance of sanity to the greater madness of the music.
The Source Weekly Magazine kHz- Cryogenic Sleep (Propain)
if there is one genre I really don't like, it's the whole currently ultrapopular, electronica thing. The repetitiveness and the thump-thump bass drumbeat bores the hell out of me, but for some reason I had a hard time hating Cryogenic Sleep. I actually found myself listening to this one repeatedly. Where most "electronic" discs are full of processed vocals and drum machines, Raiana's raw breathy vocals and a heartbeat sample for some of the bass drum beats make this record different and interesting. If you like "electronica"you'll really like this one. If you have no idea what it's all about, this disc may be just the one to get you hooked. File this under Kate Bush meets Kraftwerk and they fall in love.
KHz, New York City's grave-dank answer to the minimalism of Duluth's life works best when it's late at night: You're drunk with sleep deprivation and their spectral wash of aural darkness feels as deathly cold as an empty electric chair. Their first fullength, CryogenicSleep, suggests much ominous silence as music painted with the colors of a moonless sky just before the sun comes up. What's most chilling about Cryogenic Sleep is kHz's avoidance of anything remotely hopeful. Coldness pervades Raiana's ghostly vocals; decay taints every aspect of her lyrics. Even more menacing than the music's electronic undercurrent are the empty spaces between, especially memorable in the shadowy rendition of Depeche Mode's " Fly On The Windscreen." The album as a whole is menacing, gothic, populated with an inescapable peril, like the moment just after a nightmare before reality finally sets in.
kHz **** Cryogenic Sleep (Propain) Jim "sICKo" Wright
You know that scene in Pulp Fiction where Bruce and that big guy, Mr. Big, or whatever his name was, go into that store? That store where the two complete nutters are keeping a guy locked up for sexual pleasure. A horrible image isn't it? Well this is the music those guys listen to. It is dark, beyond fucked up and it's going to screw up your head. It's like seeing your girlfriend being beaten up or seeing your parents having sex. Not particularly nice. I've only been listening to this for about a half hour and I nearly put watching in place of seeing in my last sentence. Cryogenic Sleep is very futuristic, the second track is brilliant, and it has a water drip in the foreground and what sounds like machines from Terminator 2 in the background. KHz has managed to incorporate sound effects into their music in a surprisingly uncheesy way. Everything blends nicely through this cd, the guy talking about dancing, the guy talking about commercial interests killing new ideas and Raiana's soft vocalizations on death, they all go hand in hand. Raiana is the perfect choice for this band; her voice can be as cutting as it can be smooth. The killer in the movie Seven listens to this music. I'm sure of it, actually scrap that, he probably listens to ABBA with an even more perverse sense of screwed up. People that want to be like him, however, listen to it. It's evil, ok,ok I'm exaggerating a tad. It's not evil, but it is frighteningly sinister. Lyrics like" you masturbate with someone else's hand" and "hide your innocence, it's the only life that can save you" create the subtle feelings of doom. I kind of like this cd, especially track number seven, one of those sad tunes that make you feel good, odd I know. Another reason to get this is that five minutes after the last track there is an incredibly cheesy tune, maybe a show of humility. I'm not sure when I'll listen to this again, but I'm off now to pick daisies and maybe kill some lambs.