Gauranga drop their ambitious Debut EP
Leeds-based, indie-pop band Gauranga released their first EP just over two months ago; already they’ve gained over 100,000 streams, have been playing gigs all around Yorkshire, and recently, the boys have announced their place supporting names such as BLOXX, Love Fame Tragedy and Vistas over the next few months! This is extreme, considering they only started out at the back end of last year. The support they’ve received from fans and other artists in both the local and wider scene is immense.
In their Instagram post introducing the EP, they wrote “lyrically it tells of the various struggles one can experience in a relationship,” and as you listen through the tracks, we’re able to hear this. Now, after reading that you may be thinking “is this a romantic, soppy love story?” I can answer that one for you: no. It’s a beautifully written, beautifully sung masterpiece, that deserves to be heard. Admittedly, Gauranga are probably an acquired taste – but then again, isn’t every artist? – as vocalist Conrad Berriff has a unique voice. But, I’m here to tell you why I love the EP and why I think you should love it too:
Despite the EP only being 6 tracks long, it is a rollercoaster of emotions. We start with ‘Lost (Prelude),’ an instrumental track which sets the initial tone for the rest of the EP. The 43-second long introduction is soothing, melodic – a complete juxtaposition to the first notes of the second song ‘Miles Apart.’
Each track is an obvious crowd pleaser, as the rhythmic beats are bound to get any room jumping, clapping and singing along. Berriff’s voice takes prominence over the instruments, allowing us to really hear him. This is key due to the soft lyrics that help us truly understand the meaning behind both the single and the entire EP. We can presume that ‘Miles Apart’ is about distance in relationships. This is visible by both the title and the prominent lyrics in the catchy chorus: “don’t we all love these guilty pleasures, when we’re miles apart.”
It’s difficult not to enjoy this EP – I’ve listened to it more times than I can count since it was released, and I was hooked from the first listen. I’ve also had the pleasure of seeing Gauranga live: their stage presence and interaction with the fans is amazing, and their music sounds just as beautiful as it does on record.
There we have it. That’s why I love the EP, so I think you will too.
Words by Zoe
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