Nothing To Do With It EP

With looks as tasty as their sound, Kovak are easy to envy and are well known for their indie-pop sounds and sharp fashion sense.

‘Nothing To Do With It’ instantly shocks, parting company with the sound we used to recognise them for. The heady indie slant with it’s Gospel hints is still present, but with an assured riff kicking things off in conjunction with a big round drum sound and fuzzy guitars. Hooks abound in every corner and the chorus is ready enough for a good sing along.

A shimmering acoustic break and various synthy additions are quality finishing touches as Kovak claim victory over any urges they may have had to release another record like ‘Beautiful Science’.

‘Ramona’ kicks up the dust for a subdued partially countrified song that conjures up a scene a few hundred years detached from the lyrics of fashion modelling. As the full instrumental backing kicks in, things transform into a pretty indie song with good vocals all over the place. The lyrics state ‘I’m gonna make ya smile’ and they do.

Returning to the cocky kicks of the opener, ‘SexSuperQueen’ falls halfway between indie and britpop with a slight nod towards Blur’s ‘Girls and Boys’. The lyrics are a match to the title, with some very naughty bits that could result in detention.

Final track, ‘Oxygen’, gently sweeps along with all-over subdued carefulness. The title, along with the chorus, seem to create several Feeder references, although this may well be down to my over-active mind.

Kovak manage to create something akin to an anthem without heading anywhere near an attempt at a big-sing-along or stadium-epic. If that’s not an achievement in itself, it certainly is when taken in the context of four very satisfying and memorable songs. Encore.

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Stuart 'Saur' Smith was a prolific writer for The Mag throughout the magazine's lifetime. He combined a day job of temporary office jobs in London with a nightlife of trawling the capital's music venues looking for talent. As well as writing about music, he was a session musician who featured on a number of singles in the 90s. Today, Stuart is a Chief Writer for Phonotonal.
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