Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Record Shopping with Sundara Karma The Suburbs came out when I was 14 and for many years was my go-to album, whether I was travelling to see friends or studying at home/school. For me, the album is a message of wasting your time as an adult by romanticising the wasted time of your youth. On most Arcade Fire albums, they tend to go for the grander statements which is more exciting and turn from easy answers which as I've gotten older I've found it more relatable and will again in years to come. But Arcade Fire dive into topics for the common man/woman such as a reliable job that pays your way and devours your soul isn't even a reliable option anymore which sadly is more relatable today than when it was first released. The production was also not as big as on previous records which is not to say it's not as ambitious, I just feel this gave the album the space it needed to thrive. Showing us that less is more. - Dom

Scott Walker - Scott 3

Record Shopping with Sundara Karma Musically it’s incredible and Scott Walker/ Angela Morley did an amazing job with the orchestral arrangements but not enough people give Scott Walker credit for his lyrical achievements - they are enchanting! I can listen to the album on both a rainy day or a sunny day and it will fit the mood perfectly. I think this is the one album I wish I could’ve written but then again I wouldn’t be able to enjoy it if that were the case. - Oscar

The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues

Record Shopping with Sundara Karma This is the album that was always on in my house. My dad is a huge fan so the record is close to my heart. He’s in the biggest dad band ever and Fisherman’s Blues always goes down a hit. It’s the best worst album of all time. I grew up playing the violin, I’m talking years before I ever picked up a guitar, and this was the first time I’d heard the violin used in a ‘cool’ context.... The Waterboys aren’t cool. The violin isn’t particularly cool. I’m definitely not cool. - Ally

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Record Shopping with Sundara Karma I first listened to Pet Sounds when I was about 14, but didn’t realise its beauty until much later. I’d never really listened to the Beach Boys and needed to adapt to it. I was way more into The Doors at the time. Since, It’s become an ever-changing album for me that listens differently every time, something that I’ll never tire of. It will forever be my favourite record. - Hadyn

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Sundara Karma's latest album, Ulfilas’ Alphabet, is out now via Chess Club / RCA. Check out the video for 'Higher States', along with more photos from the shoot, below. Love to Rough Trade for their continued hospitality.

Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma
Record Shopping with Sundara Karma