Sundara Karma have announced details of their forthcoming new EP entitled Oblivion!, produced by Clarence Clarity (Charli XCX, Rina Sawayama) and set for release on April 1 via Chess Club Records.
Alongside the announcement, the band have released their new single, the EP’s title track, accompanied by the official music video directed by Prosper Unger-Hamilton (A.G. Cook, Alt-J) and artwork and images created by Hannah Diamond (PC Music). The single premiered as Jack Saunders’ ‘Power Play’ on BBC Radio 1. Watch the official music video BELOW:
This new era of Sundara Karma testifies to the band’s genre-bending sonic palette and fearless evolution, with ‘Oblivion!’ seeing them further build upon the heavier and more urgent sounds of their most recent offerings, married with Oscar’s vivid lyricism and accompanying visuals, continuing to cement their vast potential as alt-pop icons.
The EP is set to be a landmark in what is destined to be another mammoth year for the band. Due for release on April 1, it comes ahead of a summer of big festival appearances that will inevitably certify their reputation as one of the most thrilling live bands in the UK.
Discussing the new single, Oscar Pollock says "’Oblivion!’ came together so quickly, I wrote the whole thing in about 2 days in the summer last year. I had been revisiting a lot of my favourite music from around 2003 and was feeling quite nostalgic at the time. It definitely plays into the rockier aspects of our ‘sound’ but ultimately I think it’s a wonderful pop song. For me ‘Oblivion!’ is about the aftermath of a deeply intense relationship, there can be a lot of loose ends and debris. The rug gets pulled out from under your feet and in many ways it feels like your reality shatters. It’s about this kind of fatalist feeling you can feel when you’ve put your all into something and for some reason things aren’t working out. It feels like the end of the world and like everything around you is crumbling."
The video's director, Prosper Unger-Hamilton, says "When you're a teenager it feels like one world is ending and another is about to begin. The pressure to perform and win is like a giant rock that's going to crush you, if you let it."
On the video, Oscar Pollock says “There is a lot about ‘Oblivion!’ that is overtly Americanised and right from the get go we felt it was a great opportunity to lean into this theme aesthetically. Prosper Unger-Hamilton thought it made sense for the video to reference images of impact and collision and we explored different types of extreme sports and the kind of garments the players wear but American Football felt like the perfect backdrop for a doomsday narrative. It was such a pleasure working with Prosper and Hannah on this video and I think the final product looks a million dollars.”
Oblivion! EP tracklisting:
2. All These Dreams
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