KHARTOUM talk us through their new EP, ‘Vultures’.
KHARTOUM have arrived with their new EP ‘Vultures’, a four-track ride through disco-infused indie-pop. It’s a nice groove-filled time, perfect for an end-of-the-week bop.
“The EP is all about humanities; the intimate but uneasy relationship with the internet,” the group explain. “We are all connected but at what price? The endeavour of Looking for love online with the Vultures that can surround you is a new frontier with hidden risks and camouflaged caveats that need to be negotiated before romance can be realised.”
Give it a listen in full below, and find out all about the release from the band themselves, track by track.
‘Internet Lover’ addresses the challenges of navigating relationships online. It celebrates the immediacy of human connection that is achieved via the internet while warning of the potential for isolation, loss of perspective and loneliness that prevails through the use of social media. Whether it’s Bumble, Tinder, Instagram or WhatsApp, it’s bittersweet territory.
‘Internet Lover’ was our first song that was written “in the box”, starting out as a loop of the riff heard at the beginning of the song. We wanted to have guitars that sounded like they were being played by a computer… very jagged, angular and robotic.”
Written during the first Covid-19 Lockdown, Vultures contains all the angst and strangeness of that time. It is too easy to be whisked away by the “Vultures” in your lives, but this song urges listeners to break out and dance away those demons.
The song is an anthem for all those who have felt themselves negatively labelled. What levels us is our humanity and we felt being able to sit in a circle and discuss our fears and hopes was as good a way as any to present this. The video is about social equality succeeding despite discrimination diminishing hope, achievement and self-esteem.
‘Benny’ is a poignant song about a couple in cyberspace. Inspired by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Bonnie & Clyde. Benny & Alice are the heroes and their time together is limited as they are downloaded, streamed and slowly lose sight of one another.
The first demo of ‘Benny’ started off with a sort of surf rock vibe to it. We felt it needed a bit more danceability and movement so we sped it up and employed a four on the floor disco vibe in the choruses to make them pop.
Took It All Away
‘Took It All Away’ started as a patchwork of ideas that were woven together around the theme of dependencies in relationships. There’s a fine line between wanting to hold on to things because they are convenient and keeping a relationship alive, and making the necessary changes to preserve ourselves. We’re all looking for heroes and leaders but acknowledging the things that make us wild is what keeps us true to ourselves.