Heavy, majestic, desolate, ominous. There are no better words to describe Kiska's self-titled, debut release. Leaving behind the more radio-friendly leanings of the quartet's former band, Desoto Jones (Deep Elm Records), the musicians reinvented themselves with Kiska, pursuing a heavier, more dynamic, and frenetic direction. In comparative terms, sonically the record falls in the general vicinity of bands like Jawbox, Failure, Rival Schools, and Hum - driving, dynamic, and aggressive, but with clean and resounding choruses. A delicate balance of space, power, grit, and color. RIYL: Failure, Hum, Sunny Day Real Estate, Rival Schools, Jawbox.