It’s becoming increasingly clearer that the vibrant Montreal scene is leading the pack with breakout acts and new sounds. Which also means that it becomes harder to stand out. On their debut EP, Laundry, indie rock quartet King Karoshi find themselves apart from their Canadian peers, drifting closer to stargazing 90’s Britpop. The reflective and melancholy leanings, textured instrumentation (with a strong rhythmic push) and luminous vocals (channeling Rufus without the whimsy), demonstrate their sizable ambitions and tendencies towards the fanciful. With a stronger emphasis on hooks, it could catch on at alt. rock radio. A promising debut.
Upcoming Montreal dates include June 27 at Quai Des Brumes and August 2 at Le Cagibi.