4-piece Manchester/Northern Ireland-based indie rockers King Kartel have had over 27,000 hits for their STONE COLD KILLER animated music video. [See below.] This song has the lush pop-oriented bounciness of The Vaccines – combined with the familiar trippy imagery of The Beatles . The joyous celebration of Madchester culture is a splendid slice of majestic layers. The feel good anthem is gloriously uplifting and has a deep-rooted sense of it’s own nostalgia.
We have heard the title track ‘Not Done Fighting’. Here’s what we thought:
A tangle of overjoyed and radiant chords – with frantic drums – drives this song along with a bumpy speed, into headlong devotion.
The sixties-inspired, slightly tie dyed floppiness of the lyrics speak of a deep affection – bordering onto dangerous obsession. It’s all about an overdue struggle for unrequited love.
The song could be too sweet and too creamy butter-smooth for some ears. But stick with it, because you willl be rewarded. It has an angelic face… but it also has a devilish kick to it. The exquisite vocal harmonies on the chorus (almost a cappella) are so lush and so intoxicating that you will feel groggy with enlightenment.
This is a sublime anthem. It has a blinding star quality. The experience is like being shot in the gut by a glitter-cannon.
– © Neil_Mach July 2013 –