Sundara Karma has today unveiled details of forthcoming album ‘Ulfilas’ Alphabet’, released a new single and announced an extensive UK 2019 tour.
Last night saw a new track from their sophomore album revealed as ‘One Last Night On This Earth’ was premiered on Radio One as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record. A dazzling ride exploding with joyful abandon, the song immediately signalled another quantum leap forward for the Reading four-piece. Steeped in science fiction imagery beautifully filtered through everyday emotional heft, ‘One Last Night On This Earth’ shows frontman Oscar Pollock’s songwriting continues to develop far beyond his years - a style that’s playful, yet never superficial, and unveils hidden depths on repeat visits.
‘One Last Night On This Earth’ is the second glimpse from the forthcoming album ‘Ulfilas’ Alphabet’. Already unveiled last month, the album’s opening salvo ‘Illusions’ is a wonderfully twisted, psyched out groove that hints at the broad sonic textures waiting within ‘Ulfilas’ Alphabet’.
Speaking of ‘One Last Night On This Earth’, frontman Oscar Pollock says: “Normally I’ll have a batch of ideas and I’ll chip away at them for months until something emerges but for this song I was fortunate enough to have that moment where everything fell into place. I wanted to write a song about an extra-terrestrial who’s been sent to Earth to observe human interaction. The being’s mission is to find an emotion that their species has never felt before but it ends up finding nothing...until it falls in love the night before it has to leave and realises, “ahh this is the trick, this is the game we haven’t been playing”
Having headlined a sold-out O2 Academy Brixton and drawn one of the weekend’s biggest crowds on the Second Stage at Reading Festival 2017, Sundara Karma last week gave live debuts to a selection of tracks from ‘Ulfilas’ Alphabet’ during an intimate Halloween-themed underplay show at London’s Omeara. Selling out in a matter of minutes, the show saw new songs and cult classic’s from debut album ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’ greeted with a rapturous response from the heaving room. Fans who were unable to get their hands on tickets will have a chance to see the band live in April 2019, as a new headline UK tour is announced today and goes on sale on Friday 9th November.
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‘Ulfilas’ Alphabet’ is produced by Stuart Price (Madonna, The Killers, New Order, Pet Shop Boys) and Kaines (a.k.a. Alex Robertshaw from Everything Everything). As the band continue to step away from the confines and expectations of what an indie band should sound like, Price and Kaines’ production brings layers of sonic experimentation and textures to the band’s thrillingly grandiose anthems.
Sundara Karma are Oscar Pollock, Dom Cordell, Ally Baty and Haydn Evans.
Sundara Karma today announces the following dates in 2019:
2nd April - Glasgow Barrowlands
4th April - Nottingham Rock City
6th April - Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse*
8th April - Bristol O2 Academy*
9th April - Sheffield O2 Academy*
10th April - Birmingham O2 Institute*
12th April - Southampton O2 Guildhall*
13th April - London O2 Academy Brixton*
‘Ulfilas’ Alphabet’ tracklisting:
1. A Song For My Future Self
2. One Last Night On This Earth
4. Symbols of Joy & Eternity
5. Higher States
6. The Changeover
8. Little Smart Houses
9. Duller Days
10. Sweet Intentions
11. Rainbow Body
12. Ulfilas' Alphabet
13. Home (There Was Never Any Reason To Feel So Alone)