Kama Sutures is a band from Los Angeles comprised of Francesca J and some badass who goes by the name “The Matrixx.” Their recent self-titled release Kama Sutures is an eleven-song album that combines industrial, electronic and rock elements or as they prefer “Post Industrial Death Funk.”
I have to say If I asked someone what type of music they played and they replied with “Post Industrial Death Funk” I’d unintentionally let out a little chuckle. I mean come on, the juxtaposition between the words “Death” and “Funk” alone is kind of funny.
Most of their songs sound like they should be in some futuristic, noir movie like “The Fifth Element,” “Minority Report” or “Dark City.” There is also this post-apocalyptic vibe and that is where the industrial element comes in. I kept thinking the band was somewhere between Garbage, NIN and Evanescence.
Take for instance a highlight “Dead Leaves.” You can’t deny this song has some attitude and feels appropriate if it was playing in the movie The Matrix when they are rockin' out in Zion. This is a song most grandma's wouldn't enjoy unless you have an exceptionally unique grandma who never got into Sinatra. This vibe continues seamlessly throughout the album. The dark, heavy rocker “Periscope” or “Night Without Song” are both highlights and listened to on repeat.
Production-wise everything is top notch and completely fitting to the music. The drums hit hard, Francesca J vocal’s sound fantastic and everything else finds its place in the mix. I would say the songs in terms of production are competitive with songs on the radio.
After spending some time with the album I have slight umbrage with their self-appointed genre name. I can’t say there is much funk on this album. In fact it's arguable if there is any. You can make a case for “Breathe Me.” I was thinking about this and think I have conjured up a genre name that is more fitting - “Post Apocalyptic Industrial Rock.” Food for thought maybe. Either way there are some solid songs here which you should check out.
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