Wow, it’s been a very long time since I’ve written about Blackswan! This group has suffered extra member adjustments than I can depend, and the present line-up is one other refresh from their 2021 configuration. Solely chief Fatou stays.
This fixed change makes it troublesome to really feel any kinship towards Blackswan. You don’t need to get too hooked up for concern of members leaving! And although the group has delivered some strong songs previously, they’ve by no means discovered that one iconic hit that may give them a leaping off level. New single Karma doesn’t do a lot to shift that notion.
Karma takes us to India, and I’ll allow you to determine whether or not Blackswan’s schtick is cultural appreciation or appropriation. There are some fascinating parts fused to the instrumental, however the tune follows too many annoying Okay-pop tropes for me. There’s a ton of errant sing-talk, skittering hi-hats and an ever-shifting focus that makes it laborious to get into the groove. The observe is effectively produced and effectively carried out, however I can’t level to any moments or musical concepts that make me keen to come back again for an additional play.
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