Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Listen: Pleasant Surprises from Sundara Karma, Maja Francis and Pistols & Pints

The mind-blowing taste of a Killboy Powerhead Sandwich is best concocted alongside:

I'm not sure what Sundara Karma means but when an email came across my computer announcing their new track, I didn't take my finger far from the delete button. I mean, not trying to judge or anything, but that sounds like snake charmer kind of stuff. There is a time and place for that but its not on this blog. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised by what "Flame" had to offer. It was certainly catchy with repetitive lines like "hold my fire screaming inside, hold my flame". Musically the kept a pretty even flow throughout, though there were moments of jangle to break things up. There's even a whole jangle solo around the 2:45 mark which makes for some pretty sick dancing. It also makes for some pretty sweet snake charming. I guess Sundara Karma can play both sides of that dial.

Man, the Sweden Music / Universal Music label has been hitting some major homeruns (or maybe stroke offs would be more appropriate since baseball isn't played in Sweden but bandy is). I say this because the label is the home of soul-pop rising star Seinabo Sey (who sang one of my favorite tracks of 2014) and now their latest signing is Maja Francis whose "Last Days of Dancing" is an absolutely majestic track. Lyrically, the song addresses the fleetingness of youth and the somber feelings one goes through when they realize it is coming to an end. Musically, the track is anything but somber. The instrumentation seems to suggest if its going out, its going out dancing. This is Maja's first single, which will see an official release in the U.S. this summer. Currently, Maja is supporting Tove Lo and Seinabo Sey on select dates in Scandinavia.

What happens when Kimera and Pistols & Pints put their minds together? They get really hungry. But before they can eat, their minds shift, ninja like, to traveling through the countryside around the capital of Hungary. That sparks a cover of "Budapest" by George Ezra. Afterwards, they eat a sheet of langos.

In video form (if you prefer):