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Karmic - EP

Nada Surf

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Album Review

Containing tracks originally recorded for an LP that was never released, the Karmic EP has a couple of good moments that reflect the tail end of early-'90s alterna-rock, opening with "Telescope," which shows some promising guitar texture underneath a solid melody. "Sea Knows When" is vaguely influenced by Urge Overkill and R.E.M., and "Everybody Lies" is saved by a great bassline and some nice organ. "Treehouse" picks things up with a high-energy riff and seems to be the connecting force of the EP, finding the early Nada Surf taking elements of Pavement in an extremely pop direction. Although it suffers from some flat recording, closing track "Nothing" sounds like it might be great live. [The 2007 reissue included the bonus track "Pressure Free."]

Customer Reviews

This is old material...

This E.P. is stuff before High/Low, their first full length. So ignore these other reviews, they don't know what they're talking about. This release is for the true fans. The production is not that great, that should have been the first clue of how old this stuff is. I have a 7" with Pressure Free on it from 1995!

a little more b4 their concert next month

it may be dated, but at least this has been added to my catalogue!

Great Beginning

This EP is great. I know production is lo-fi, but that is what makes it raw, and almost a live feel. And, "Sea Knows When" is an early classic not found elsewhere. "Telescope" also benefits from the live vibe, as the "High/Low" album version doesn't seem to possess the same gritty sound.


Formed: 1993 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Once in danger of being relegated to "one-hit wonder" status, Nada Surf soldiered onward after the success of 1996's "Popular," following up a brief residence on the Billboard charts with a slew of solid power pop albums. Founders Matthew Caws (vocals, guitar) and Daniel Lorca (bass) were longtime school friends, having studied together at the Lycée Français de New York in Upper Manhattan. After Lorca spent some time abroad in the late '80s, the two reunited after graduation to form Because Because...
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