Skandal by Major Kami: Review
Coming off of their second three-song EP by the same name, Skandal by Major Kami is a scandalous celebration of ecstatic sounds and electropop aesthetics.
Being the title track of the EP, the song sets the tone for what to expect in the following songs. The song does not stray far from the aesthetics set by Major Kami’s previous EP Major Jones that it follows but sets itself apart with its own aesthetics. Blurring the line between Avant-garde and electropop, the song turns heads with its eccentric vocal antiques and futuristic synth melodies. The song evokes a certain psychedelia-inspired eccentricity that screams David Bowie.
The song starts with fractions of sampled noises that feel like dreamlike organized chaos and progresses to an equally ethereal singing part of Camille Miller accompanied by a fat synth bass. The heavy synth breakdown and the airy falsetto singing during the chorus was my favorite part of the song. David Bowie’s inspiration is heavily present in her singing and the arrangements of the song. The song succeeds in the challenge that the musicians set for themselves to talk about Bowie and his life without really mentioning him. The song is full of easter eggs for the listeners to find and every time I listened the more I found out.
Overall, following the footsteps of the deceased legend, the French collective is continuing his legacy and making its presence prominent in the electropop scene with its own eccentric spin. Be sure to check them out here if you haven’t already.
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Photo credits: Denis Expert/Jean Manuel Domingos, Augustin Balateau, Sofia Gastien; Brad Dillon, Major kami
Review by: Gabe Finch