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Sundara Karma - Illusions

If you thought you knew what Sundara Karma are all about, think again.
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Sundara Karma - Illusions
Published: 11:00 am, October 09, 2018Words: Jamie Muir.

It’s sometimes not about how loud you return, but rather the manner in which you step back into the frame.

Sundara Karma have always had the flag-bearing potential of being the next great indie band to stride through and capture hearts, and on their debut album, ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’, they did just that.

A spanning collection of tracks that captured youth like few have done before, it’s a record that was years in the making - and one determined to make its mark. Coming back after that was always going to be an interesting moment.

We should have known that Sundara Karma had something else ready in their back pocket to surprise the world with, and ‘Illusions’ is undeniably that - a stylish evolution of the groundwork they laid before them, embracing pop by challenging themselves to do more. The result is nothing short of glamorous.

Delving into a world filled with denial and belief, it’s the sound of a band growing with confidence. Across five minutes of slinky Elton John pianos, space-sent synths and a sugar-centre hook, Sundara Karma are no longer afraid to test how big they can go - not just delivering a track that should be blared out across stages, but across art galleries and late-night theatre.

Frontman Oscar Pollock is a charming crooner swinging into life, spotlighting how he’s grown into that role like it’s a second home, and what it promises for their second album is enough to make you wonder just where they could go next. It’s city-life reverberating off neon, weaving and grooving across a hypnotic sound that sets one statement very clear. If you thought you knew what Sundara Karma are all about, think again.

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