Today’s song is “Make Me Over” by Armada Of Secrets. The London duo is made up of vocalist Caroline Kabera and bassist Carl Dawkins.
The two met in music school after Kabera immigrated to London from Burundi. Carl then toured the world in a variety of bands, and Caroline kept her singing national while working hard for women’s care refuge charities – a cause close to her heart. They later reignited their explosive musical chemistry as Armada of Secrets.
Armada has been hard to pin down when falling into a musical genre. This duo merges post-punk with some raw and powerful singing. They have been described as a Post Punk Power Pop Alternative Dance Rock duo. They have created a rocking soul that makes the group even more exciting to the listener’s ears.
Armada of Secrets offer themselves to us at their most autobiographical on this track. “Make Me Over” is a prayer for meaning, pining for an irrecoverable past and an unattainable future. Life submerges us all in its intensity. Some rise and some fall beneath waves of self-doubt and self-destruction.
Caroline Kabera’s lyrics challenge the constant cloying desire we have to remodel ourselves and to escape into hypothetical new-selves because the grass always seems greener. “This track is a milestone for the band. All of our songs come from experience, but we felt that we were laid bare with this track. So much so that we delayed releasing it, and even went on hiatus as a result of writing it. It brought all of our anxieties, fears, and accomplishments (and even lack of) to the forefront. That level of honesty scared us. This track symbolises our return, a coming to terms with who we are and what we believe in.”