Fresh-faced five piece Kalpa have torn into the indie scene at full speed. Hailing from all over the UK, Sam Kydd, Jamie Walford, Dex Millest, Nic Morris and Rory O’Rourke combine their individual musical influences and experiences into a fusion of dream pop and indie rock, throwing in some elements of funk and shoegaze. Taking inspiration from both guitar-driven classics like The Cure and contemporary indie pop stars like Alvvays, Kalpa creates a distinctive sound with striking instrumentation and affecting vocals that make them an instantly indelible group.
The quintet has only released two singles so far - ‘Wrong Faces’ and ‘B Side’, both as promising as they are unique. ‘B Side’ combines dynamic guitar and driving rhythms with exceedingly funky bass, all culminating into an undeniably danceable track that’s sure to help sell out venues in the future.
Debut release ‘Wrong Faces’ is an infectious and ambient tune, almost reminiscent of something off of JAWS’ ‘Simplicity’. Sam Kydd’s heart-meltingly distinct vocals soar above an unwavering bassline and atmospheric guitar with somewhat ambiguous lyrics about separation and distance.
Kalpa has been said to be energetic and captivating live, having supported groups like Flyte, King No-one and High Tyde. You can catch them wrapping up 2018 at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney on the 6th of December - make sure you get your £3 ticket here.
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