Some Days are Khartoum

Some Days is an EP by a band named Khartoum that I have been listening to since June 17th. This EP has been a real pickle for me. I like the music contained within this music package, but I don’t know how to convey that emotive quality via words. To give a bit of context, I will quote a couple of lines from the lead song, Some Days.

I can tell I’m disconnected

Your trains left the station.”

I have felt disconnected trying to write something about this bit of musical and lyrical magic. The train left the station without me, and I was left standing on the platform waiting for another train to come along with my musical muse on board and carry the two of us away to some beautiful land of words.

That never happened. I listened to this EP over and over and came up blank every time. I hesitate to call it writer’s block because I have been able to write some other bits of music up. Is it a lack of inspiration? I don’t think so. I found this EP to be at least moderately inspiring, not entirely on the level of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, but they are working their way up the ladder, one gig at a time.

Khartoum is an engaging band, and they have a modern sound that is easy on the ears but can be easily dialled up a notch for the dance floor. I get the feeling they would be an excellent band to hear live; they generate that feeling, that energy.

In their own words:

“The EP title came about from the sample that’s heard at the very beginning of the title track ‘some days’… it’s actually an old iPhone recording of an early song that we never properly recorded. It’s been slowed down to match the key of the track, so that’s why the vocal sounds so freaky. 

“Creating music is like going to a library and taking out a few books, ripping out your favourite pages that day and sticking them together to form a story. 

“This EP is simply the result of ‘some days we visited the library and tore out some pages. 

“I like the feeling that ‘some days’ evokes as a stand-alone statement. Some days can be great, some days can be bad, and for no particular reason, but always different. These tracks came together on those great days where we knew from the moment we woke up that something exciting was brewing.”

I couldn’t glean much about the people who call themselves Khartoum. It would have been nice to put names and faces to the music. I’ll like them on Facebook, Soundcloud and whatnot in the hopes of getting to know them better. I would enjoy spending some time getting to know them as people, and not just some music streamed over the internet of things. I did find this excellent video which features the song Ten People from the EP Some Days.

At the end of the day, since there will only be about an hour of daylight left today, this is a good listen. Check them out. Tight musically. Literate, which is a good thing for any band. It is nicely packaged as an EP named Some Days. By Khartoum. Do your ears a favour and give them a listen.


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