SUNDARA KARMA+ WHENYOUNG + ALFIE TEMPLEMAN

Oscar Pollock looks through the headlines, joins all the dots, peers to the very core of modern society, politics and social media, and senses crazy hands on the controls. “It’s like there’s this weird creepy clown who’s controlling everything and getting a real kick out of these bizarre things us humans are doing,” he considers. “Like, ‘oh my god, look what I can make them do now!’”

Forget the box, art rock sensations Sundara Karma think outside the whole damn packing plant. Their songs are personal reactions to art, literature and culture – Plato, Wilde, Bram Stoker, Manet, Buddha – that tackle topics from online self-obsession to consumer capitalism, the smokescreen of the nuclear family and the lies at the heart of the teenage dream. Oscar, aged just twenty, is already emerging as the most captivating frontman of our times, plucking at the long, silvery thread of rock’n’roll androgyny that runs through Bowie, Bolan, Suede and My Chemical Romance while embracing high art, questioning The System, probing his darkest autobiographical depths and musing – jokingly – about the evil clowns controlling the Earth.

Sundara Karma Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the brand new video to ‘Illusions’ below:


Few bands can boast the kind of striking musical identity as whenyoung. The trio – singer/bassist Aoife Power, guitarist Niall Burns, and drummer Andrew Flood – make some of alternative music’s most compelling new sounds; a soaring, stunning, but still singalong take on musical anthemia, that fuses the storyteller’s nature of their home country of Ireland with the effortless cool of the London scene they now call home.

Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP, ‘Given Up’, whenyoung are back with an epic new single, ‘Never Let Go’, released through Virgin EMI.

A massive slab of joyous guitar-pop, ‘Never Let Go’ finds the band expanding their sound. Produced by Al O’Connell  (The Big Pink, Superfood), The slow burning track features layers of chiming guitar and vocals, creating a wall of sound that beautifully compliments Aoife’s evocative lyrics.

whenyoung Links: Website | Facebook | Spotify

 

Watch the official music video for ‘Pretty Pure’ below:


Alfie Templeman is a fifteen year old recording artist from Bedfordshire, England.

“Templeman’s songs max on melody, with lovelorn lyrics midway between a resigned shrug and a prolonged swoon, and are uniformly lovely. If this is what he can come up with alone in his room at the age of 15, he has to be one to watch closely.” – The Sunday Times

Alfie Templeman Links: Facebook | Twitter | BandCamp

 

 

 

Watch the official music video for ‘Like An Animal’ below: