Sundara Karma make groovy return

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Sundara Karma are back with a new single and boy haven’t they come back in style.

‘Illusions’ sees the quartet step in a new, groovier direction as we get the first glimpse of a track that is wonderfully twisted, psyched out groove that melds the epic ambition of Arcade Fire or Wild Beasts with the classic songwriting flourishes of Bowie or Kate Bush.

The video, directed by frontman Oscar Pollock, is another tantalising insight into his singular creative vision. Comprising of regal costumes, a Snow White-esque mirror scene, an evil joker, and some seriously sinister chemical concoctions being cooked up amongst billows of smoke throughout, ‘Illusions’ is an ethereal showcase full of grit and grandeur.

Hotly tipped as our Sound of 2016, Track Of The Year and last year’s Best Live Performance winner at the ICM awards, Sundara Karma have stepped out from the pack and embracing a sound that effortlessly brings together the left field with hulking great pop hooks.

Lead singer Oscar Pollock says: “The song is a groovy slow pumper, our best effort ever at being both sensual and enlightening. In times of horror and uncertainty, we need love and positivity and the ability to recognise that everything around us is temporary.

“I like to think we are not separate from one another, every single thing we do affects the people and the world around us. From macro to micro – from our inner world to the outer world. Easier said than done and much easier sung than said.”

‘Illusions’ is out now and co-produced by Stuart Price (Madonna, The Killers, Les Rhythm Digitales) and Kaines (Alex from Everything Everything).

Good

  • Groovy
  • True grit and grandeur

Bad

  • Fans might not like new approach
  • Lacks powerful vocals

Summary

‘Illusions’ sees the quartet step in a new, groovier direction as we get the first glimpse of a track that is wonderfully twisted, psyched out groove that melds the epic ambition of Arcade Fire or Wild Beasts with the classic songwriting flourishes of Bowie or Kate Bush.
8

ICM Rating