Sundara Karma: Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect Review


After a seemingly long wait, this transpiring four-piece have burst onto the emerging scene of indie music.

Sundara Karma’s debut displays an experimental and observing look on youth and and time itself. Yet, eliminating the comprehensive subject of adolescence, you find a deeper routed meaning, with religious references entwined through intimate tracks like ‘Be Nobody’, becoming a recognisable theme. While not considering themselves as being obvious intellectuals, songs are scattered with notable links to Shakespeare (‘Loveblood’), and Plato (‘Flame’).

Recent single ‘She Said’, while undoubtedly being the record’s sensational hit, displays more frenzied and vivacious guitars, with a perceptible increase in percussion. Their music groans with scrutinising youthfulness, displaying some hard-hitting hooks. In the opening track ‘Young Understanding’, wistful thoughts of younger years are evoked in the vocal line, bursting with accomplished energy.



Nevertheless, the exquisite essence that can never be lost throughout this incomparable quartet oozes through even on quietly epic track ‘The Night’. Exhilarating ‘Olympia’ features a noodling guitar riff, showcasing frontman Oscar Pollock’s soaring vocals provoking profound thoughts as he asks “Is heaven such as fine thing?”. ‘Happy Family’ swiftly follows bringing a mellow, warm-hearted message. Some serious matters are confidently questioned such as “Heavens have you seen the news, that’s on the screen? It’s all violence, heartache and misery”, clearly commenting on the corruption of todays society. The delicate sound is sewn together with the mesmerising voices of both Oscar and Ally, opening the song with such sensitivity; this record certainly is one of the many outstanding noticeable beauties displayed on this album.

New track ‘Lose The Feeling’ takes a similar influence as ‘Happy Family’ having a somewhat country feel. Triumphant ‘Flame’, with its vigorous qualities and ambitious instrumental, adds to the list of gripping fan favourites. The knack for creating an arena-sized sound is evidently not hard to find.
It is fair to say that this reading based band have outdone themselves, right in time to fill a Maccabees-shaped hole in the British indie scene.


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The album is out now and available on Spotify! Be sure to get your copy

Lauren x

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