Enigma is the debut EP from Welsh rock band Sankara. The four tracks, written and composed by Gareth Jones and Vinden Wylde (formerly The Reasoning), Jay MacDonald and Rhayn Jooste (ex-Bluehorses) showcase the dynamics and breadth of the band’s potential.
The uniquely reactive band chemistry that combines each member’s skill, experience and virtuosity into a melodic, aggressive and sometimes playful dynamic is prevalent through the loud crashes and the silent stops throughout the EP. When asked where the band name originated, singer Gareth said; “In Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Short Round asked Indiana Jones ‘What is Sankara?’, and he replied ‘Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.’ and who can argue with that?”
Sankara was born in late 2009 when Gareth and Jay started co-writing material. The need for a strong rhythm section became clear, and Rhayn and Vinden joined, bringing alternate influences that helped morph the material into the aural euphony it is today. The band members have extensive experience in the music industry between them, from intimate pub gigs to headlining major European festivals. Although the band is currently unsigned, the album is available from all major online retailers, such as Amazon and iTunes.
The recording of the EP was a fun time for the band, switching between professional studios and project studios to make Enigma feel and sound right. The music reflects the melting pot of each members disparate influences, coming together to show the whole is so much larger than the sum of its parts. The title track Enigma is a rock ballad that channels the best of all the members skills and heritage, ending in a 12 part harmony sung by Gareth. Exalted Star lifts the bar with its tones nodding to the metal roots of Jay and Rhayn, while As They Lay My Body Down provides melodic release and allows the complexities of Vinden’s drumming to show through. Full Flow ends the EP, with its 70′s prog rock sounds, and the chance for the band to really show their strengths.