EP Review – ‘Karaoke Bites’ – Beartown Zodiac – Out May 17th
Conceived whilst on a journey that took the lead singer through 12 different countries in as many months, and heavily featuring the sound of the flying-v ukulele that much of the EP was written on, ‘Karaoke Bites’ is the epitome of a summer that everyone in Britain is waiting for. With wonderful ukulele chords and great vocal harmonies, the EP is beautiful. Citing an expansive list of influences that includes Sparklehorse, Grandaddy, and Blur, Beartown Zodiac’s sounds is a light indie-folk-pop combination reminiscent of a band-of-the-moment Noah and the Whale.
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Written by Nigel Roberts
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The title track, ‘Karaoke Bites’ is a sure-fire winner, a really well-produced track with lyrics that are full of mystique and intrigue, beautifully conveying tales from somewhere far east. Coupled with this is a ukulele melody that is both gentle and uplifting; which sits on top of a great electric bass line and other electric guitar riffs that add great depth to the track.