Sundara Karma’s debut album, Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, is a strong jumping on point for a band that it is clear have a vast amount of potential. Sundara Karma are another band who have decided to take the approach of making a name for themselves out on the touring circuit before releasing a full album, an approach that has paid off for them as they built up a fan base who will form a solid foundation for the band going forward.
The biggest praise that I can give Sundara Karma, is that there isn’t a single song on Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect that can be considered an album filler. Each song is well written and performed well on the album, showcasing that Sundara Karma have the ability to forge themselves a successful career in the music industry. This ability has already taken them the success of selling out Manchester’s Albert Hall, for which tickets went on sale before the album’ release.
One song that is a highlight on Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect is She Said, which is a brilliant Indie anthem with the potential to be a dancefloor filler. Arguably however, the best song on the album is Flame. Flame is a song with powerful choruses which is a quintessential FIFA song, so don’t be surprised if it appears on a future instalment of the game series.
If I were to look for a criticism of Sundara Karma’s work here, it could be argued that while there isn’t a song that isn’t an album filler, the album does tend to fade towards the end of a full listen through. This may be due to the fact that the album doesn’t differ drastically from song to song, or from a lot of other Indie that is available at the moment. However, whilst Sundara Karma may not reinvent the so-called ‘wheel’ that is Indie music, they do a brilliant job of helping to keep it in motion.
Indie music is going through a purple patch at the moment, especially in the North West of England and with Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, Sundara Karma have managed to earn themselves a place within the group of talented bands responsible for this resurgence. I would argue that Indie music is at its strongest period in the UK since the mid-noughties thanks to bands like Catfish and the Bottlemen being international successes, as well as a successful revival from The Stone Roses, one of the biggest bands from Indie’s most successful era. With the release of Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, Sundara Karma look well positioned to be a success within this resurgent genre.