6th January 2017 – remember that date! Why, you may ask? Well, my friends, that is the day Sundara Karma release their debut album. After teasing us with numerous EPs and singles every so often finally ‘Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect’ has fianlly been released.
The upcoming indie-rockers have nailed their first album, as being one of the freshest new sounds of 2017. Venture through Sundara’s very own voyage of youth, as their intelligent lyrics do more than just make your foot tap along to the beat.
Opening with pre-release ‘A Young Understanding’ the lyrics complement the album title, as they show in some cases, things you do as an adolescent aren’t always the best decision looking back ‘in retrospect’.
Fan favourites ‘Olympia’ and ‘She Said’ also feature on the album alongside much loved festival favourite ‘Flame’. The album has defiantly been an ongoing work in progress, as tracks like ‘Happy Family’ and ‘Be Nobody’ have the air of sophistication that ‘Loveblood’ lacks, but the track did originate when lead singer Oscar was only 14.
The band have set themselves apart from others by creating quite a distinctive sound between lead singer Oscar Pollock, guitarist Ally Baty, bassist Dom Cordell and drummer Haydn Evans.
Oscar’s innovative ideas for music also shone through in the bands live lounge performance on Radio 1 this month. Singing their very own ‘Flame’ the band nailed the live cover of it. Alongside this the band also chose to cover Bruno Mars’ new single ‘24K magic’, they completely darkened down the song and added their own mysterious twist to the lyrics – scoring high amongst fans.
Big things are to come for the reading four piece, having previously playing the Leeds and Reading festival 2016 main stage, the band are currently on tour with Two Door Cinema Club and have their very own tour organised to begin just after.
Sundara Karma are the new ones to watch, in my opinion.
Nieve Kate Morrison