It could be said that Maastricht’s Kalika is one of the rare bands on today’s rock scene that bring such a fruitful mixture of progressive/experimental rock and dark, psychedelic rock. They don’t limit themselves to any confines in their music. While they are very technical people who can play with precision this doesn’t mean that the band goes and tosses around excessively long instrumental sections just to keep reminding the listener of their skill. Data Religion is the sophomore EP from the band, and it is a record that needs time in order to be fully comprehended. There are styles and musical circumstance that get explored on this release only.
Backing somewhat dark themes and overtones is Prannay Sastry’s emotional and sorrowful voice which provides the ideal vehicle to deliver the words. When he sings about this mentally daunting matter, you believe the man. Another one of Kalika’s strengths is their ability to have complex songs that still manage to be under five minutes long. This allows choruses to become hooks, and don’t rely on uber skilled technique to impress. Like stated earlier, the experimental aspects of the music are well above par.
“Data Religion” is a great early release from a band that is still to say a lot.
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