Review: ‘Part of the Furniture’ single by Kasama

Kasama Part of the Furniture

Cover artwork for Kasama’s new single, ‘Part of the Furniture’. Design by Neil Paterson

Kasama have had a busy wee time of it lately.

The band released their debut EP ‘Noisy Neighbours‘ in July last year (read our review here). Since then, they have gigged in Glasgow, supported Definitely Oasis at Carlisle’s Brickyard, and performed in their hometown of Kirkcudbright. Their appearance at this year’s Big Burns Supper was particularly well received by a sizeable crowd.

I’m also still gutted that they didn’t win the Performing Artist of the Year category of the Dumfries & Galloway Life Awards in November last year. In my opinion, they really deserved it.

Thankfully, they’ve not been put off by this. They have continued to work hard like the award-winners they should have been. Their new single ‘Part of the Furniture’, was recorded at Circa 16 Sound Recording in Dumfries and was released on the 22nd of March 2019.

It’s a song of two parts…

Written by lead singer Tyee Wright, ‘Part of the Furniture’ is a song of two parts. The first half takes a little while to get going. It’s fairly slow and steady, and maybe even a little bit melancholy. Towards the middle, we’re given a catchy chorus: I need to escape/I need to get by/I need to leave and I’m wondering why/You’re still standing there in your own little world/And I need you girl. Play the track a few times and you’ll find yourself singing along to it without even realising. There’s even a jaunty wee ‘la!’ at the end of the chorus, so we know it’s about to go up a gear.  That little part made me feel more enthusiastic about life for a little while afterwards.

What we get after this is a guitar-laden instrumental section backed some ‘oohs and ahhs’ and clapping. This works as an obvious opportunity for some audience participation when performed live. Audience participation is an actual pet hate of mine but I know some people bloody love it, so each to their own.

Did I just hear a trumpet?

The second half of the track is definitely more lively and even includes some rather unexpected accompanying trumpet. This sets it aside from some of the more generic and ‘safe’ sounding indie tracks we hear on Spotify playlists.

Overall, this is a very pleasing track which isn’t trying to reinvent the genre, nor is it pretentious or ‘hipster’. It’s just solid indie rock with a few little twists throughout.

In terms of forthcoming live dates, Kasama have finally made it onto this year’s Electric Fields festival line-up – they’ll be such a great festival band. The band’s next gig will be at the Market Inn in Castle Douglas with The Daisy Room in aid of Prostate Cancer and the Teenage Cancer Trust. After that, they support Connor Clark and The Matador Kings at Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s in Glasgow on the 4th of May. They plan to release a video to accompany ‘We’re All Part of the Furniture’ very soon.

Rating: 8/10

Review by Melissa Gunn.

You can listen to ‘Part of the Furniture’ below:

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