Friday, May 29, 2020

Outside In "Karmatrain"

Country: New Zealand
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Rock
Label: AllGood Absolute Alternative Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 29, 2020
1. Let Me Go (4:53)
2. Blue Dragon (5:50)
3. Echoes And Stepping Stones (4:56)
4. Bridges (5:23)
5. Morning Warning (4:23)
6. The Lake (4:32)
7. The Garden Of Light (5:21)
8. Mushrooms (5:34)
9. The Ferryman (5:35)
10. Pass On The Flag (4:31)
11. Om (5:11)
12. I Am Not The One (8:08)

Total Time 64:17

Mikey Brown: Vocals, Synth, Keys, Guitar
Jonnie Barnard: Guitar
Adam Tobeck: Drums
Elliott Seung Il Park: Bass
Joe Park: Guitar
Graham Bell: Additional Guitar (1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10)

The first thing to state is that this is a real slow-burner of a listen. Few will be too impressed on a first or even a third listen. The melodies take a while to ease into the sub-conscious. But be patient. The best music generally has these attributes. Once it does sink in, there are some serious earworm tracks here that you will keep coming back to.
Musically I am reminded of two other debut albums, from Dutch band A Liquid Landscape and American one-hit wonders The Addiction Dream. The more quirky moments and certain vocal phrasings are reminiscent of my favourite band from Sheffield, InFictions (the opening of Morning Warning).
Read the full review by Andy Read at dprp.net



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