Intricate pop trio KARMACODA are on the verge of releasing their new album ‘Slow Down, Melt & Catch Fire’, which drops tomorrow (2nd July). In advance of it, we are delighted to be able to premiere a full stream of the record.
The trio is made up of vocalist Jessica Ford, founding member Brett Crockett – aka B, on vocals and producer a and Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist Eric Matsuno on bass and other unique elements. Of the record, Brett told us “Slow Down, Melt and Catch Fire is the most personal and meaningful record we’ve ever made. I think that’s partly due to the events of 2020 and a great deal to do with how I responded to it. As a writer, musician and producer it felt like the world got more “real” and we needed to explore those feelings and see where it took us.” Jessica Ford adds “We wrote these songs through phone voice recordings, email and text while COVID was happening. B. Would send me music ideas and tracks to write to that he had made. I would sift through them and listen looking for inspiration. Once I got some ideas going I would record my ideas on my iPhone while the track was playing on my computer and text them over to see if he liked where it was all going. If he did, I would continue working on the songs. The only song that was done before COVID was the first one, Dream On, which appropriately starts the album off. Once we got them all finished we went into the studio just the 2 of us, masked and in separate rooms, and recorded all the vocals in one day.”
Mixing up soul, electro and R&B in with the bands smart and sassy alt-pop means that Slow Down, Melt and Catch Fire is a smouldering smart slice of 2021 from beginning to end. From Opener Dream On, the band show they can handle melody, whilst giving emotive performances and wrapping it all up in smoky, wispy electro beats and synth lines.
Check the whole thing out, here