Since their self-released debut album "Years Of Breathing" Phi are considered by insiders to be Austria's Prog-/New Artrock-Hope Number 1. With good reason, as their second album "Now The Waves Of Sound Remain" proves. The three young men from Graz offer nine very mature sounding and first class produced songs, which were put into scene with power and subtlety at the same time. With producer Heiko Ernstreiter and mastering engineer Jon Astley (The Who, Led Zeppelin), the trio also brought in two experienced helpers who further polished the material. Thematically it is about the banalisation and the loss of value of the music, whereby the isolated pastoral passages (e.g. in "Maybe Sometime Else Then" and in the title song) are also appreciated by fans of the early Genesis. Sometimes some unnecessary changes of time creep in (e.g. at "Tune In Zone Out"). But this may be due to the age of the musicians. Apart from that this CD shows that Phi are already masters in creating powerful and at the same time atmospheric tracks.
Top track: Welcome Tomorrow