'Ulfilas’ Alphabet’ is the second album from the four-piece rock band Sundara Karma. After two years break, the band has invited their listeners into their knew daring, brighter sound. The title of the album is named after the 4th Century Greek bishop Ulfilas, who created his own alphabet in order to translate the Bible. Similarly, Sundara Karma has carefully crafted 13 tracks where they communicate a reoccurring sense of joy to their fan base. This is a significant shift to the band’s sound, compared to their last album, ‘Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect’, which is built from harsh realities.
The album open with the futuristic track, ‘A Song for my Future Self’, which abruptly opens Sundara Karma’s new era with a bang. A new sense of style is conveyed through tracks such as ‘Green Hands’, which declares an 80’s feel through jangly guitars and an optimistic influence. Their lead single ‘Illusions’ contains bouncing hooks, therefore declaring a bold and confident feel.
My favourite track on the album is 'One Last Night on this Earth', an indie-pop thriller which narrates an alien invading Earth and discovering love. Oscar Pollock, the band's front man, intertwines the track with tonal melodies which creates an impactful quality seen accross the entirety of the album.
In total, 'Ulfilas' Alphabet' is a feel-good album, spiced with spectral melodies and soaring guitar riffs. The bright vision of the album is enhanced by the technicolour album cover, which helps to solidify the energetic atmosphere of each track. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the knew Sundara Karma album, and anticipate future explorations of sound and qualities from the band.
Written by Millie Pick