|Cosmo Sheldrake||April 6, 2018|
|The Much Much How How And I||Tardigrade Records|
Cosmo Sheldrake — The Much Much How How And I (April 6, 2018)••★•• Vocalist, multi~instrumentalist and producer. Sheldrake and Matthew Herbert (Björk, Mica Levi) produced the LP, which was recorded at Soup Studios and Sheldrake’s own basement. Location: London, UK
Genre: Indie Pop, Electronic
Album release: April 6, 2018
Record Label: Transgressive Records / Tardigrade Records
01. Linger Longer 5:37
02. Wriggle 4:29
03. Birth a Basket 2:40
04. Birthday Suit 1:21
05. Come Along 4:19
06. Solar Waltz 5:38
07. Mind of Rocks (feat. Bunty) 3:11
08. Spring Bottom 1:08
09. Egg and Soldiers 2:23
10. Axolotl 2:26
11. Pliocene (feat. Cosmo Sheldrake) 3:48
12. Linger a While 1:52
13. Beetroot Kvass 2:44
14. Hocking 5:10
℗ 2017 Tardigrade Records
•★• Written by: Cosmo Sheldrake
•★• Except Mind Of Rocks written by Cosmo Sheldrake and Kassia Zermon (aka Bunty).
•★• Produced by: Cosmo Sheldrake
•★• Additional production by: Matthew Herbert
•★• Engineered by: Cosmo Sheldrake and Giles Barrett
•★• Mixed by: Matthew Herbert
•★• Recorded at: Soup Studios
•★• Mastered by: Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios
••• The multi~instrumentalist is back in our lives at last — having originally caught our attention with “The Fly” and “The Moss” in 2013/2014 — after a lengthy period of study, exploration, and discovery that’s taken him to many corners of the globe.
•★• “The video for ‘Come Along’, directed by Josh Allott, explores the experience of both having head lice and being a head louse,” explains Sheldrake. “Microscopic worlds expand and consume the macroscopic world of the large. Human heads become continents, scalps become landscapes, salons become solar systems. Come along now.”
•★• Cosmo Sheldrake is a 28 year old multi~instrumentalist musician, composer and producer. He released his first single ‘The Moss’ in 2014, which was followed by the ‘Pelicans We’ EP in 2015. This April he will release his debut album ‘The Much Much How How and I’ on Transgressive Records. Much of his work is to do with play, nonsense and the sonorous environment.
•★• Cosmo has also toured internationally, both on his own and with Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit, Mr Jukes, Sam Lee and The Gentle Mystics.
•★• In 2015 he ran a community choir in Brighton. He has composed music for film, theatre, including a series of Becket plays at The Young Vic. He has also worked as a facilitator and a teacher running music workshops for young people in England, Canada and the U.S.A.
•★• For the London album launch for ‘The Much Much How How and I’, Cosmo and I See Rivers are joined by Bunty — “multi~dimensional beat merchant and vocal juggler” Kassia Zermon. Also to be found fronting jazz/junk/folk trio Le Juki, co~fronting dub act Resonators, and co~running Brightonian experimental label Beatabet, Kassia’s run Bunty for years as a loopstation~based “one woman electro~orchestra” bolstered by her multi~instrumentalism and vivid imagination. Parallels with Cosmo are clear (the looping and beatboxing, a life blossoming with social art initiatives and therapeutic work beyond the entertainments) and she guests on one of the ‘Much Much’ tracks (very much an equal passing through, with a cheeky hug and a bit of upstaging), but her own vision is distinct. Giddier, jazzier, less directly English in its whimsy, with input from her Moroccan heritage and from her taste for Andy Kaufman; a slightly more cosmic playbox; imaginary languages; an undiluted Brightonian fabulosity.
•★• Kassia’s last Bunty album, ‘Multimos’, was a pocket~sized multimedia event spanning apps, interactive AV, dream machines, audience choirs and gaming cues. Time and occasion will probably only allow a smidgin of that, this time around, but it’ll be a window onto her explosively colourful world.
•★• “Each song picks up from where the previous tune refused to turn. These songs make up an ecology, composed and decomposed by an impish and irresistible logic. There is no opportunity for even the sourest of prudes to stand by and frown” — Roddy Rubric
•★• “He perceives the daily world around him, definitely with a child~like curiosity and wonder but also with a fair measure of genius.” — The Guardian
•★• “Cosmo mongers everything from hedgerow pastorals to high~grade, rusted thrump.” — Ernest Plimsole
•★• “Genuinely Great British Eccentric.” — dots and dashes
•★• “Sinewy soundscapes stretch over beats that seem to travel a mile in each hop. Nooks and crannies line these tunes, each home to some thrilling and unsettling liaison; mouldy elegies meet percussive gumptions, and conduct impossible affairs before your disbelieving ears.” — Pencival Spore