Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Lewis Capaldi, Fontaines D.C., Ten Tonnes and more.
Order a copy
May 2019
Album review

Sundara Karma - Ulfilas’ Alphabet

It's Sundara Karma becoming the band they always promised to become.
Label: RCAUK
Released: 1st March 2019
Rating: ★★★★★
Sundara Karma - Ulfilas’ Alphabet
Published: 10:21 am, February 28, 2019Words: Jamie Muir.

For Sundara Karma, there’s freedom in expression. With jubilant hooks and enticing communal celebration, they’ve taken their place as a band who’ve grabbed hearts with a world of their own to explore. Across their debut ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’, they pointed to fizzing energy and a creativity that pushed the usual boundaries, and it saw them play bonafide huge stages because of it. Reinvention and revolution is the key though, and they both pulse through ‘Ulfilas Alphabet’, a record that doesn’t aim to jump to the top but practically redefine what the top even looks like.

It’s a kaleidoscope of different flairs and styles, all done to the fullest with booming confidence and roaring intimacy. Whether it’s ‘One Last Night On This Earth’ and its arms in the air party-pop of indie heights, the frantic electronic-hits of ‘Higher States’ or the bopping pop shimmers of ‘Little Smart Houses’ - every turn on ‘Ulfilas Alphabet’ is one amplified and daring in its colourful joy. Capturing a band fully firing on all cylinders, it’s a record that takes every dream and vision and lays out it front and centre - layers of artistry brought to the fore. Almost 90s-esque arena touches on the title-track rip and grow to a huge crescendo, ‘The Changeover’ pulling you in with a campfire gathering of warm reflection, ‘Rainbow Body’ throbbing with the underbelly of Queens Of The Stone Age. Every turn is undeniable, the sound of a band revelling in every second.

‘Ulfilas Alphabet’ isn’t just an exciting development on what came before, but a line in the sand. Adventurous, dazzling and rich with different flavours and flights - it’s Sundara Karma becoming the band they always promised to become. If you thought you knew Sundara Karma then think again, this is a band reborn.

Give all this a try

No Rome has dropped a brand new track, 'Cashmoney'
Listen

No Rome has dropped a brand new track, 'Cashmoney'

It's the first track to arrive from a new EP, 'Crying in the Prettiest Places'.
Watch: The 1975's Matty Healy has been playing 'Notes On A Conditional Form' cut 'Jesus christ 2005 god bless america' in the US
Listen

Watch: The 1975's Matty Healy has been playing 'Notes On A Conditional Form' cut 'Jesus christ 2005 god bless america' in the US

Check out the intimate, acoustic track as performed at some small US radio 'thingys'.
Sam Fender has announced his debut album 'Hypersonic Missiles'
Incoming!

Sam Fender has announced his debut album 'Hypersonic Missiles'

Seemed as good an excuse as any to get the BRITs Critics' Choice winner on the blower to tell us more.
Another Sky have dropped a brand new single, 'The Cracks'
Watch

Another Sky have dropped a brand new single, 'The Cracks'

The second track from a forthcoming EP, 'Life Was Coming In Through The Blinds', you can check it out now.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing