The alternative modern rock band Karamelien are preparing for their new album release. Living With The Moon is just around the corner and to keep us all tenderised they’ve provided us with a new single. We all know that social media is easy to fake, we can choose to filter our photos and never post our humanity in favour of giving the impression we are in the pages of a celebrity magazine. We’re entitled to use these things how we want to, but when it comes to comparisons and competitiveness, it’s good to remember that people are much more than their profile and like brigade. It’s brave to be real, you can almost feel the judgement sometimes. With the studio dab-hand Ian Caple, who’s worked with Massive Attack, Mansun, Vanessa Paradis, Tindersticks, and Tricky, the album and single have been made to ultra-modern premium standards. The band also enlisted bassist Lee Pomeroy to complete their ensemble, bringing the tones previously used by acts such as Take That, ELO, Yes, and Rick Wakeman to the fold. Let’s meet Digital Imogen.
The music begins with a crack of drums and a blur of blues guitar. Keyboards and bass dive in and swim the currents of rhythm and melody with effervescent vibe. The lovely voice of Léanie Kaleido enters with a diva swagger and begins to tell the story. We hear the words, the character of Digital Imogen becomes a vocal reality. A blues and rock pace keeps an upbeat flow of funky music to sway along with as the song takes us on a poetic journey through the persona of someone trapped in their own online image. Imogen the imaginary image. Digital Imogen by Karamelien is a wonderful addition to the playlist and no-doubt frames the rest of the upcoming album perfectly.
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Wait For Me
Karamelien’s Leanie Kaleido has written and performed this beautiful acoustic single. Written about reincarnation, the release coincidentally fell upon the timing of the death of Leanie’s father Top Topham. After suffering with dementia for many years, The Yardbird’s original guitarist sadly passed away at the end of January. As Sound Read Six extends heartfelt condolences, it is also one of those divine ironies we cannot ignore. Written when Leanie heard a friend’s story of intense feelings around a past life, the music flowed from the thoughts and feelings about this interesting and spiritually relevant idea.
Dappled piano tones linger in reverb and room space as the music opens with enchanting lines. Leanie Kaleido brings her sonically attuned voice to the central peak. The melody builds with keyboards and atmospheric harmonies. As the drums enter after a couple of verses, strings join the dynamics to elevate the tune to greater depths. We can feel the passion in the projection as the chorus repeats and we find ourselves tied into the sensation of grief and looking forward in a dualistic emotion.
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Following from their swanky Ascension Heights, which was featured in Sound Read Six at the time, the UK-based pop band for grown-ups smash out the sophomoric. Lionhearts once again was produced by RIDE frontman Mark Gardener at Oxford's OX4 Sound. With a conveyor belt of despair in the news and often online, Karamelien wanted to change the record by making their own. Lionhearts points to the love and togetherness that still resonates around the world despite the focus of those still afflicted. The track is made with a brilliant video that was lovingly made by Eveshka Ghost.
An airy melody swiftly envelopes us as the first few bars begin. Guitar and drum mix with a sensual bass as Léanie Kaleido enters with her beautiful voice. Lyrics about turning off the TV and changing focus to the positive vibe with the flowing rhythm that laps like epic waters reaching out into beyond. Standing side by side, the Lionhearts keep the good times coming as a refreshing and dream-inspiring mix of tones circulate like the procession of relaxing waters.
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Alternative soul for the refined music fan, this UK based duo have recently revealed their latest single. Already hailed as one of the best singles of the year by Amplify Magazine, the only reason Sound Read Six has taken so long to feature them is your editor and author has important childcare to do. Like Labour's Sir Keir Starmer rightly said, “I won't apologise”.. for being a father. The track was inspired by the song by Top Topham, original guitarist of The Yardbirds, and also features the star in production. With Léanie Kaleido on vocals and Mark Foster on guitar, the single was produced by RIDE frontman Mark Gardener. It also features Mo Pleasure, former bassist of Earth Wind and Fire, and session guy for Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Ray Charles.
The music opens with a fantastic brass introduction that begins to swagger with guitar and drums. Bluesy melodies fly from the vocal as a laid-back and sunny vibe dictates the flow. Deep sensuality in the soulful delivery rises with the subtle kinetics within the progressive verse. Smooth and harmonious tones ripple from the amalgam of band and vocal, we learn the words quickly and sing a long with formality as the rhythm sways us into a relaxed state of being.
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