Sundara Karma finally released their stunning debut album on the 6th January 2017. It features singles such as ‘Flame’ and ‘She Said’. It’s been a long time coming and it was definitely worth the wait.
The album opens up with the huge ‘A Young Understanding’, which fades perfectly into ‘Loveblood’. The album is laced with songs that they’ve been playing for the last few years, such as the anthemic ‘Flame’ and catchy ‘Vivienne’, yet it’s peppered with infectious new tracks, such as the beauty that is ‘Happy Family.
‘Happy Family’ is a beautiful 6 minute long song, which starts off stripped back with a simple upbeat guitar riff that runs throughout. Oscar Pollock’s (lead singer) vocals have a haunting echo. It gradually builds with drums, hand claps and more pronounced electric guitar. It’s one of the stronger songs on the album.
‘She Said’ is sheer, glorified, unapologetic classic indie. It’s a song you can imagine being sung for many years to come to arena audiences and large festival crowds. The same can be said for many of the songs on the album, such as ‘Olympia’ and the strong closing track, ‘The Night’, which seems an obvious closing track. It leaves a good lasting impression.
Overall, the album is a triumphant success. It’s an album that can stand the test of time and I think it’s blend of classic genre-defining songs with refreshing unique twists is something that will appeal to the masses. Their sun-kissed indie-rock is something I can see taking their music to area audiences and they’d definitely be deserving of it.