Sundara Karma, ‘Illusions’ – Single Review

The Readingites put the track out last week, having just finished working on their second album with Alex from Everything Everything as producer.

‘Illusions’ is a more chilled out song than those that made the band famous, showing an evolution in their sound.

With an omnipresent and simple but magnetic groove, the tune flows nicely from start to finish embellished with synths and backing vocals that add to vocalist Oscar Pollock’s Bowie-esque performance.

“Ooh, I think illusions run my life / I need illusions all the time / Grant you illusions from our mind,” Pollock sings.

“Paradise came to me on the sofa and a TV screen / I haven’t bathed since / And I’ve escaped my own morality / Holding up a heavy front / Our little arms have taken on too much / And now we’re seething / But too depressed to leave our soapy sheets,” he goes on.

Definitely a song to dance to, Pollock calls it the band’s “best effort ever at being both sensual and enlightening”.

“In times of horror and uncertainty we need love and positivity and the ability to recognise that everything around us is temporary,” the singer said to DIY.

“I like to think we are not separate from one another, every single thing we do affects the people and the world around us,” Pollock added.

This is the first track officially released from their upcoming album, but the band played new track “One Last Night” for the first time earlier this year in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Having shared bill with Two Door Cinema Club and Bastille, the quartet, whose name derived from Sanskrit words meaning Beautiful Karma, will present songs from their second album in London on October 24.

Follow Sundara Karma on their official Twitter page.

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