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Single Review: Karma’s Tea – “What Do You Do”

Karma’s Tea is a New York collective comprising award-winning pianist/composer Mike Desroches and singer Mystina, each of whom has built a national presence on their own. Their current permutation features accomplished touring musicians, including guitarist Ryan Waters (Sade, Prince, Heart, Liv Warfield), bassist Lenny Rocillo (Bonnie Tyler), and drummer Nat Townsley (Mariah Carey, Donnie McClurkin, et al). Together, the band’s latest single is “What Do You Do,” a jazz/pop hybrid track that will be included on the upcoming EP of the same name.

Immediately, I am taken aback by the fluency of the song’s presentation. Each element – be it the guitars, synths, percussion, or Mystina’s alluring, laid back tonality, blends seamlessly. Given the level of finesse exhibited throughout the arrangements, it doesn’t leak an air of a bunch of busy, talented musicians playing down to an audience; rather, it generates a summery atmosphere, seemingly crafted from the ground up, that exceeds at being calm and inviting. The combined nuances from each of the players also allude to simpler times, where unity among genuine friends wasn’t deterred by the saturation of technology, and music was an active, engaging experience. This is truly one of the most refreshing tracks I’ve heard in a while, and I’m definitely looking forward to the EP.

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About Jake Kussmaul

I come from a family who is passionate about all things music. I learned to sing at an early age, and by 13, had my very own Fender Strat guitar. I tried my hardest at learning all that I could. Because I was born with cerebral palsy, I had to teach myself an adaptive playing style. I learned to write and record my own music, despite these difficulties. In college, I started making great use of my writing abilities by reviewing music, as well as copy editing. I guess it's best to stick with what you know, while welcoming a fair challenge at the same time.

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