Kafka Tamura is a three piece indie pop band from Southampton, United Kingdom. The British-German trio consists of Emma Dawkins (age sixteen) on vocals and guitar, Patrick Bongers on keyboards, and Gabriel Häuser on drums. Emma began writing music and songs at the age of thirteen and uploaded them to the internet to help showcase her talents and in hopes of being discovered. The band “met” through Soundcloud in 2012 when Patrick and Gabriel found Emma’s songs. They began emailing one another and the vocal track for “Somewhere Else” was sent from England to Germany, becoming their first song and single.
In January of 2013, the three met in person for the first time in Southampton and started making plans for the music video for their debut single, as well as plans for further recording. After visiting both England and Germany, Kafka Tamura recorded their first music video and played concerts in both countries. The band will be touring Germany in October and November and will be extending the tour to England and France in December.
The visually stunning music video for “Somewhere Else” has received over 80,000 views since it was posted in April. In the video, the band is lined up on seaside scenery as Emma pulls a seemingly endless red ribbon from her mouth. The ribbon begins to “travel” the landscape, growing in width as it makes its journey across the countryside, swallowing anything in its path including cars and people.
On October 4, the band released their first extended play, Somewhere Else EP, consisting of three songs: Lullabies, Somewhere Else, and Somewhere Else Reprise. Emma’s vocals sound like a beautifully entwined mash-up of Florence Welch, Cara Beth Satalino, Lily Allen, and Adele Adkins. For only sixteen years old, she has a powerful voice that easily rivals some of today’s contemporary greats.
Kafka Tamura’s debut album is looming on the horizon and if their EP’s three songs are any indicator, the full-length will be nothing short of a masterpiece. It is no wonder that Kafka Tamura is currently being hailed as “the discovery of the year.”
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— Derek O’Neal | @theglasstorch