Release Date: Mar 8, 2019
Record label: RCA
With 2017 debut 'Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect', Sundara Karma had already shown themselves as more than just indie also-rans. A record packed with the kind of emotional intelligence, anthemic songwriting and literary references that couldn't help but belie their early-twenty-something selves, comparisons were far easier to make with acts several albums deep - The Maccabees, Arcade Fire to name just two - than anyone the Reading group had emerged alongside. Two years on, the foursome have glammed up - both musically and sartorially - for a collection that so effortlessly slots into the classic songwriting canon.
Less anthemic and more complex than their previous work, the second record from the discordant rock four-piece will make you think as it moves your feet Words: Sophie Williams A clue that Reading discordant rock four-piece Sundara Karma are not your average band: their second album is named after Ufilas, a Greek 4th Century bishop who created his own alphabet in order to translate the Bible. Frontman Oscar Pollock has similarly crafted 13 songs that channel his innermost feelings, conveying depth that belies his gregarious persona. ‘Ulfilas' Alphabet’ is a great reinvention after the band's 2017 debut 'Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect'.
It's taken two years of digging around a dense and over-crowded indie scene for them to resurface victoriously from the wreckage. With a new sense of style and a rose-tinted perspective on life, they dance around life's problems fearlessly. There is a reoccurring joy that ripples throughout the album. A joy that was hidden by the harsher realities and bolder assumptions of their 2017 debut Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect.