Live Review Sundara Karma, Heaven, London 16th September 2016
The crowd are dancing from the first note.
Kicking off with ‘Indigo Puff’, a slow, sleek tune in which vocalist Oscar Lulu’s captivating repetition of “you’re the one, you’re the one, you’re the one” has the crowd dancing from the first note, tonight’s show is one that’s packed, energetic and totally sold-out. Sundara Karma are yet to release an album – debut ‘Youth Is Only Fun In Retrospect’ is due early next year – but with almost half a year before it drops, by the dedication of the crowd, it’s hard to tell.
They play two unreleased songs from the record tonight, the energy they create barely dropping below that of their better known songs. From ‘Vivienne’, an infectious anthem of young love, to the giddy sing-it-back chorus of new single ‘She Said’, to the pummelling guitar-line of ‘Loveblood’ there’s plenty of promise here. They throw in a surprising but solid cover of ‘Never Too Much’ by Luther Vandross too – a risky but worthwhile choice.
A young band with room for growth yet, setting the foundations to make that happen.
Photos: Phoebe Fox
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