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Velvet Starlings - Karmic Lemonade
By Jon Milton
US Indie Rockers Velvet Starlings entertain our eardrums with a sparkling new tune out today on US label SoundX3, called Karmic Lemonade. It’s the second to be released from their Love Everything, Love Everyone EP, wearing its 60’s influences proudly on its sleeve.
The band is another ridiculously young but exceptionally talented bunch, led by 17 year singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Christian Gisborne and featuring Daniel Kostenko on drums/percussion and Tiaday Rocke on bass guitar. And if you’re feeling old and inadequate having read that, you’ll be delighted to know that they’ve been going for over 2 years, having released their first record in 2018 and have played all over the USA (including SXSW), Sweden and London.
Karmic Lemonade marries Cream’s confident riffing with the Doors Hammond heavy vibes, while mixing in a bit of Kula Shaker in the process. The song fizzes along (sorry, couldn't help it!), has a real swagger about it and it’s rather catchy too.
Continuing the nod to the 60s and 70s the video was of course filmed in Laurel Canyon, home to Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison, The Byrd’s and so many more great artists.
The band expect to gig in 2021, and you may be wise to catch them if they play at smaller venues while you can, as they’ve got that commercial edge that will no doubt see them rapidly picking up new fans along the way.
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