Edinburgh, Scotland continues to be a hotbed of contemporary music. With a roster of attention grabbing artists including Garbage singer Shirley Manson, alternative rockers The Water Boys, psychedelic folksters The Incredible String Band, Aberfeldy and numerous others, listeners can now add The Cosmonauts to the list. The band’s album 1983 is a launching pad of musical ideas delivered through ten original songs. Here is the inside scoop.
Aggressive, creative and at times penetrating, The Cosmonauts bristle with an untamed force. Citing a catalog of influences, the group combines alternative indie with solid authenticity and style. Proof can be heard in the songs, starting with the opening 3:09 track “The Killing Of Time.” Without any hesitation, the band jumps right in with a driving momentum. Nostalgic but original describes the sound. The same holds true for the second cut, “It’s All Over.” The prevailing sonic imprint is post-punk.
Anything but a one-trick pony, the Nauts throw a curve with an acoustic alternate “Not Once, Twice.” Still serving up a forceful drive, this time around the profile contains a bit of a retro rock leaning in the vocals and performance. “In A Dream” is also a departure, exhibiting a modern melodic mix which harkens back to another decade. No wonder they have been described as a gothic Jefferson Airplane. Elsewhere on the album, the 3:43 title cut moves among a repetitive, bass friendly chord structure without resting. In what is quickly becoming a personal favorite, “Conquistador” (no, not the Procol Harum song) features a tasty guitar-picked intro, while creating a retrospective impression fueled by attitude and musicianship. The collection wraps with “In From The Cold” followed by “The Weight Of It All,” adding two more acoustic flavored selections.
For those enthusiasts needing more of a Cosmonauts fix, check out the accompanying YouTube video for “1983,” the song. Looks do not lie and neither does the music. The shadow laced audiovisual provides further proof that The Cosmonauts are the real deal and more. Genuineness cannot be fabricated. Yes, Edinburgh, liftoff is complete. The album is like a never-ending fountain which keeps on giving. With that said, The Cosmonauts are Chris Bryce – guitar/vocals; Alan Robertson – bass/vocals; and Claire Schiavone – cello/vocals/percussion.
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