Black Market Karma Channels An Aquatic Feeling For ‘Aped Flair & Hijacked Ideas’

[Photo credit to Dan Briston]

UK-based Psychedelic rockers Black Market Karma have delivered a new single, “In My Child Mind (E to A)“. This is the second song from their upcoming album Aped Flair & Hijacked Ideas, which will arrive September 29th from London label Flower Power Records.

This single is accompanied by a video shot throughout Japan, wandering around Tokyo with a sense of childlike “wonder and joy”. Filmed by director Louisa Pili in November 2017, this video was edited by BMK’s Stanley Belton, following him on his wanderings.

The new album is a follow-up to the 2021 long-player The Technicolour Liquid Audio Machine, a lo-fi instrumental opus created during the 2020 lockdown. The band have also recently released lead track “Dead Trajectory” with accompanying video.

Stanley Belton comments on the upcoming album:

I like to think of the sound of this record as Aquatica. It’s like a psychedelic carousel of syrupy melody and liquid audio. Fat, baggy, saturated bass and drums, shimmering jangly guitars, wobbling fuzz, drunken keyboards and telephonic vocals. Imagine something along the lines of The Velvet Underground and The Troggs making tunes together but underwater, performing on marine life instead of instruments and routing the whole thing through a UFO.

The album’s title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the idea that nothing is truly original. Influence is an infinite web connecting all art and I think that’s a beautiful thing that should be embraced. I often see people getting too hung up on the pursuit of some kind of idea of total originality that doesn’t exist. It’s all in the blend.

Black Market Karma’s sound is shaped by the use of a lot of vintage equipment. Rooted in 60’s guitar and Pop music, other influences range from Folk and Blues through to lo-fi Electronica, traditional Indian music, Shoegaze, Hip Hop, Soul and Motown.

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