A new frontier with hidden risks and camouflaged caveats
After gaining huge support in recent months for their previously shared efforts ‘Vultures’, ‘Took It All Away’ and the most recent single ‘Benny’, KHARTOUM have now released their highly-anticipated debut EP ‘Vultures’ through Young Poet Records.
Recognised as bringing the bold 70’s swagger of The Rolling Stones to the 21st century Indie scene, Khartoum take the ‘Vultures’ EP in a rich and enigmatic direction that pulses and grooves. The work is elevated further by their accomplished songwriting skills, showcasing a collection of songs which are bold and vivid with meaningful and engaging lyrics.
Speaking about the new EP, they say, “The EP is all about humanities; the intimate but uneasy relationship with the internet. 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 is often realised.”
Showcased by the fourth and final single on the EP, ‘Internet Lover’ perfectly establishes that shimmering sound that they have been unveiling throughout the past few months… with it’s spritely hook, they offer up one of their most engaging and enticing party tunes to date.
Khartoum say of the song, “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 the loneliness that is concealed within 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 guitar 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.”
Originally formed back in 2017, Khartoum have been one of the most promising groups emerging on the UK scene over the last few years, with many comparing them to Wolf Alice and Sunflower Bean alongside heroes Primal Scream and The Rolling Stones. After playing their first ever live show at the Musée du Louvre in Paris and building up a loyal following tearing up stages across London, the band have recently come off a sold out show at The Old Blue Last in the capital and are lined up to play Latitude festival later this month.
With their monthly residency at London venue Laylow seeing the likes of Sir Mick Jagger dancing in the front row, as well as the band taking to the venue’s rooftop to perform a set to Londoners via a drone camera during the first COVID lockdown, they have also received support from the likes of Spotify (Hot New Bands), Apple Music, CLASH, BBC Introducing on Radio1, Hoxton FM, Amazing Radio and Rinse FM, and their performance at Glastonbury 2019 was described by renowned music journalist Neil McCormick as “capturing the true spirit of the festival” and “the essence of Rock n Roll”.