One of my favorite discoveries of 2018 was the Canadian five-piece Carmanah. Self-described as “West Coast Soul” and led by incredible lead singer, Laura Mina Mitic, Carmanah brilliantly blends various genres and influences together on their fantastic debut album, Speak In Rhythms.
The album kicks off with arguably the most infectious song on the album “Roots” where you immediately hear the tight groove of the band, overlaid with Laura’s soulful vocals. “Roots” instantly draws you into the album leaving you wanting more.
“Nightmare” is another focus track on the album featuring soothing harmonies, fluid melodies and cinematic lyrics.
On songs such as “Crying” and “Send It Me” Carmanah brings their own up-tempo, modern sound with classic influences of rock n’ roll and blues.
Carmanah displays their folk stylings on songs such as “Another Morning” & “Long Way From Home”. Both of these songs feature effortless harmonies, heartwarming lyrics and peaceful melodies.
One of my other favorite songs on the album is the closing track, “Holidays”. The way Laura’s vocals build throughout the song into the the last chorus where everything comes together with the full band, background vocals, and even a horn section, is a satisfying and climactic way of closing out this fantastic debut album.
The entire album is excellent and I can’t wait to hear what’s next from Carmanah. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they make it down to Nashville to play a show sometime soon. I guess for now I can settle for watching their awesome live performances online, like this performance of “Roots” on Indie 88 Toronto.
Speak In Rhythms release date: 02.09.18 || Label: Self-Released
Follow Carmanah on Instagram here: @carmanahband