Christ VS Krishna hook you first with their name before reeling you in with their seductive melodies on brand new album Move And Scale.
First thing’s first: these guys ain’t British. Hailing from the colonies, this Canadian foursome produce catchy 80s Brit new wave inspired indie rock, so you’d be forgiven for making the mistake.
But what a refreshing antidote CVK are to the overly serious, dour and downbeat indie rock scene. Their music bounces along, buoyed by optimistic lyrics perhaps a touch on the simple side on the early songs – but who cares? This is great fun.
Opening track Teezer even has an extended ‘la la la’ bridge – something severely lacking in most pop compositions today. The second half becomes more introspective, with discussion of coming and going, memories new and old, regret, hope and everything in between.
Walk On Water reminds me of VERY early Abba – bare with me – whimsical folk-pop with a delicious blend of male and female vocals. The Sorrows’ opening riff puts me in mind immediately in mind of Marianne Faithful’s Why d’ya do it?, while the overall sound has an unmistakeable whiff of The Cure. Comparisons may be odious, but CVK have managed to blend all their influences together to create a luscious confection that’s sure to be the soundtrack to many people’s summers. As I write this there’s more sleet and rain battering Toronto, but their CD release and video launch party on April 5th is deftly timed to coincide with the arrival of Spring – we hope! – and Move and Scale looks set to be the perfect soundtrack to usher in warmer temperatures.
Already well known on the Toronto college bar scene, Move And Scale looks set to be the album that will expose Christ VS Krishna to an enthusiastic international audience.