The Kamals: The Kamals [EP]

By Simon Hadley

Since the world has finally recognised the Black Keys’ as a damn fine blues-duo, we’re now in the midst of a revival: nearly every town and city across the States has a young, bearded ensemble with a plug-in-and-play ethic, smearing the lines of rock, R&B – yes, rhythm and blues, as oppose to what it stands for today – and soul. The Kamals’ are no different.

For a record that rummages so excitedly through rock history, there’s plenty to digest: opener ‘Tell Me’ invokes the spirit of stadium-rock titans during a festival jam, while ‘Hands in the Water’ is a 15-minute epic, steeped in summertime country and soul – think Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers jamming round a bong: trippy, seductive and magic. Finding new ways to shake up that old-school blues-rumble is tough. For The Kamals’, it’s the easiest thing in the world.