Sundara Karma: ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’ Review

Seemingly with each passing year, the music industry churns out another leather jacket-wearing guitar band. Following in the footsteps of Catfish and the Bottlemen and Blossoms comes Sundara Karma. This Reading-based four-piece indie outfit have garnered a lot of public support in recent months, with heavy play on BBC Radio 1, especially for new music advocator Hew Stephens. This successful year in the public eye has meant a lot of hype surrounding the group’s debut album ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’, released on January 6th.

On first reflection, Sundara Karma’s debut record is just a run-of-the-mill indie album. The band’s two main singles from the album ‘Loveblood’ and ‘She Said’ certainly stand out against the other tracks on the album. The problem, though, with Sundara Karma is they are just not as good as their predecessors Blossoms and Catfish and the Bottlemen. Some lyrics on a couple of tracks are cringey, to say the least; some even the likes of The 1975 might hesitate to use before utilising it in their songwriting. This said the record comes with some great upbeat and funky guitar melodies that can be compared to that of the very popular Two Door Cinema Club.

The standout track on this album, however, has to be ‘Flame’. The lead guitar on this track resembles the high pitch, positive vibes of the late indie band Viola Beach. Although this record can be appreciated for its value towards indie music, it would definitely be enjoyed more by a teenage audience. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but for those more musically intellectual it may struggle to even reach your top 100 albums.

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Tobi Stidolph

Press Manager & inSYNC Writer


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