Koalra, the prolific indie rock band hailing from Portland, Oregon, unveils their latest opus, “Disasterclass,” and it’s a monumental stride in their musical journey. The album exudes a darker, more epic tonality, marking a significant evolution in their sound. The title track, “Disasterclass,” serves as a stunning introduction, a fusion of lush, reverberating guitar work and a pulsating rhythm that weaves between hypnotic and driving, leaving listeners enraptured. With each release, Koalra has masterfully crafted a musical identity that draws from a rich tapestry of influences. Rooted in the fuzzy, loose rhythms reminiscent of Dinosaur Jr. and the experimental soundscapes akin to Sonic Youth and The Cure, Koalra’s sonic palette is both diverse and enthralling. From their self-titled debut in 2019 to the introspective tones of “Surprise Lights” in 2020, their discography has been a testament to their versatility and willingness to explore new sonic territories.
In “The Wakes,” released later in 2020, the band delved into more hopeful themes, a trend that continued in “Into The Everything” in early 2021, where they ventured into new wave territory. The release of “Love Songs To Remind Us That We Can’t Stand Each Other” later in 2021 was a poignant collection fueled by the disenchantment of the current social and political climate.
Now, with “Disasterclass,” Koalra unveils a sound that is grandiose, richly textured, and politically charged. The album promises to be a tour de force, weaving together elements that create a unique and captivating auditory experience. Koalra’s ability to evolve and push boundaries within their music is evident, and “Disasterclass” is poised to be a standout moment in their musical journey. It’s a sonic adventure that demands to be heard.