Review: Timeless Trio Karmacoda ‘Try At Me’

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The mesmerizing trio KARMACODA has unveiled their latest single, ‘Try At Me,’ released on January 26th, 2024, via Sola Musa Music. Hailing from San Francisco, USA, KARMACODA consists of Jessica Ford (vocals), Brett Crockett (aka B. on vocals and producer), and Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist Eric Matsuno (bass and other unique elements). With an impressive discography and numerous awards, KARMACODA has explored various genres over the past twenty years, including electronica, chill, trip-hop, R&B, rock, and dream pop. Their sound has evolved into a soulful, sophisticated fusion of R&B and jazz lounge, drawing comparisons to powerful artists like Adele, Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis, and Lana Del Ray.

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KARMACODA has garnered support from reputable online publications such as EARMILK, CLASH Magazine, Wonderland Magazine, NOTION Mag, Magnetic Mag, Hotpress, Metal Magazine, Medium, Backseat Mafia, CelebMix, Son Of Marketing, VENTS Magazine, HMWL, EDM Identity, Faze Magazine, and Decoded Mag. Their music has received airplay on NPR Music and Irish National radio RTÉ 2XM’s Dan Hegarty. Additionally, their work has been featured in film and TV scores, earning them awards, including the Hermes Creative Awards (Platinum) and the Unglued Music Video (Gold).

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In ‘Try At Me,’ KARMACODA delves into a soulful, R&B quality with a jazz lounge sensibility. This tender yet passionate anthem celebrates self-liberation and overcoming hardship, with Jessica Ford delivering stirring, powerful vocals. Her voice soars over a gentle, syncopated downtempo beat, a minimal R&B bassline, and lowkey instrumental arrangements enriched with the delicate teal of jazz piano. ‘Try At Me’ is immersed in emotion and pain, yet exudes triumph and hope.

Jessica shared her inspiration behind the song, stating, “I wrote this song about a young girl I teach singing to. She had been through so much loss, anger, sadness, and so many trials; more than any little girl should ever have to endure. I watched her fall into a depression, so much so, she didn’t want to sing anymore. Slowly but surely, through love, time, and a lot of work, she started coming back, becoming more confident. I watched her fight for it. The song ‘Try At Me’… the words are “it’s time to try at me”, in other words, it’s time to give myself some girl power. It’s time to find myself, it’s time for me to rise, take a chance on myself, get out of this dark place, be heard, grow, and take a leap of faith, even when I feel beat up, I know I can stand up, try at me. She did, and she is. She is singing again. I couldn’t love this more. To my girl, this one’s for you.”

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