Sunday, January 12, 2014

SUKH: "Kings"

Rating: RRR
Label: Indie/PresciptionPR 2014
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Wow! Imagine going through (high)school in the U.K. with a name like Sukhdeep Krishan. Let's not actually since we'll mainly focus on the music and Sukh's debut album, "Kings", certainly fit the description of very soft and atmospheric U.K. indie jangle pop/rock. It's an album bursting of dreamlike innocence and it emphasizes the feeling of desolation and growing up in the Manchester scene. It's basically a mixture of singer/songwriter material and gentle guitar melodies where the multi-instrumentalist invites the listener into the inner world of his vivid mind.

Influences shines through on several tracks and it's everything from Belle and Sebastian and Coldplay to Radiohead and Joy Division. Do however not expect to find a lot or hardly any uptempo tracks though since it's a very laidback and 'Yellow' experience throughout the album, if you get my drift? The backup female vocals add the soft eighties indie touch and the lovely "Just What I Thought" is a nice throwback to the golden era of jangly U.K. pop rock. While the spirit of Indie music is in 'Kings', its soft beauty belongs to a different dimension completely. Have a look at the animated video of "Den" and its atmospheric "Joy Division-gone singer/songwriter" music at tube. Sukh is definitely a star in the making...

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