Review: The Maccabees – ‘Kamakura’


The Maccabees release their fourth track from Marks To Prove It and 'Kamakura' doesn't disappoint.

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Indie five-piece The Maccabees released their fourth studio album, Marks To Prove It, back in July 2015. It stands as their first album to achieve a number one spot on the UK Albums Chart, and has received much critical praise, for instance, Q Magazine described it as “their best album yet.” The band have now released their fourth single from the album, ‘Kamakura.’

The track begins with a gentle drumbeat and lead singer Orlando Weeks’ soft and silky vocals, which sets the atmospheric tone for the track. This helps to fully appreciate the thoughtful lyrics, such as “God that girl goes graceful, wondering which way’s home.” The band kicks things up a notch when they move into the chorus, which contrasts to the rest of the song through their use of distortion and Sam Doyle increasing the tempo on drums. As guitarist Felix White explains this contrast comes from the fusion of two seemingly disparate ideas, the inspiration from their trip to Kamakura as part of their tour of Japan and Weeks’ lyrics about kicking out time in high street pubs.

‘Kamakura’ is certainly a stand-out track and if you haven’t heard it already it is certainly worth a listen.

‘Kamakura’ is out now via Fiction Records.


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