By Kafka Tamura
'No Hope' but a bright future.
If you haven't heard Kafka Tamura yet you probably will very soon. They are an Anglo German indie pop band with such great appeal that it's only a matter of time before they crash the main charts.
Germans use the term 'zeitgeist' to describe something that influences the culture of a particular period of time. Kafka Tamura's music is doing exactly that. Check out their Facebook page to see attendance at their recent shows. Not bad for a band who only released their debut single at the end of February.
The band consists of Emma Dawkins on vocals/guitar with Patrick Bongers and Gabriel Häuser on keyboards. They combine smart lyrics with achingly beautiful melodies to produce songs that are both uplifting and disquieting at the same time.
At 18 Emma has already developed a clear vocal identity. She is part Adele, part Dido and part Jo Brand - wonderful droll delivery that floors you as unexpectedly as Strychnine in your tea. Hop onto YouTube and see the way she delivers the final line in 'Somewhere Else' and you'll see what I mean.
Kafka Tamura's first single 'No Hope' showcases all that is great about their music. Lyrics wise beyond their years and melodies layered as delicately as a wedding cake in a 3 star Michelin restaurant. The nonchalance with which Emma delivers her lines is balanced beautifully with the edginess of the music. The staccato guitar at the beginning gives way to expansive piano and synth work, followed by an effortless beat that weaves its way in and out of this perfect pop song.
Kafka Tamura release their debut album in June, but don't wait until then - catch the zeitgeist now.