Thursday, 19 April 2018
Phideaux - Fiendish (2003)
The second album from this US band.
Phideaux is a quintet with a lineup of mellotron, guitars, bass, drums, autoharp, piano, organ, synths, fx, percussion and vocals. Both male and female vocals.
They had help from numerous other musicians who provided farfisa, vocals, woodwinds, samples and narrations.
I reviewed their 1992 album Friction back in August 2012 for # 1 of this blog. I disliked that album with a passion. Read my review here.
I am going to review the rest of their albums this spring and summer/you can find some more reviews of their albums somewhere else in this blog.
I am glad they are back and with some more substance. And somewhat wiser too.
The music they gives us is a mix of folk rock, psychedelic rock and symphonic prog. Pink Floyd seems like a good reference. Add a lot more folk rock to the last three Pink Floyd albums and you would probably end up with something like this album.
The overriding feel and mood is folk rock on this album. Very gentle folk rock with lots of good male and female vocals.
Unfortunate, there is no really good songs here on this forty-five minutes long album. It is a decent to good album. And a promising one.