'The Moss / Solar' Released on paradYse / Transgressive Records on 21st April 2014 as a Ltd 7" vinyl and digital release
Cosmo describes The Moss as "an ode to nonsense for its own sake". Invoking many of the classic figures of nonsense literature, Cosmo embarks on a peg-legged jaunt, draping finely woven vocal harmonies over an underbelly of electronics, strings, and an Armenian Duduk (recorded at a folk session in a country pub in East Sussex).
In Solar, Cosmo recites a verse from a William Blake poem titled 'I Rose Up At The Dawn of Day'. Described by Cosmo as a "hymn to the Sun", Solar is composed from recordings of the Sun, taped using a technique called 'Stella Seismology'. Other sounds that feature in Solar include field recordings of Ecuadorian flutes and singing from the Central African Aka Pigmies.
Over the past year Cosmo has composed music for film and theatre, as well as touring internationally supporting and playing with Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit. In the UK he has supported Bombay Bicycle Club and US indie act Mutual Benefit.
Cosmo Sheldrake is touring the UK and Europe in March/April:
04 Mar - St John on Bethnal Green (supporting Mutual Benefit)
15 Mar - The Kazimier, Liverpool
18 Mar - Komedia, Brighton (supporting Sidi Toure)
30 Mar - VEGA, Copenhagen*
31 Mar - Knust, Hamburg*
01 Apr - Magnet Club, Berlin*
03 Apr - Gebaude, Cologne*
04 Apr - Motel Mozaique, Rotterdam*
05 Apr - AB Club, Brussels*
08 Apr - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth*
09 Apr - Koko, London*
10 Apr - Fibbers, York*
11 Apr - The Cluny, Newcastle*
12 Apr - Leaf, Liverpool*
13 Apr - Glee Club, Cardiff*
23 Apr - Sebright Arms, London (single launch) (tickets)
24 Apr - The Green Door Store, Brighton (tickets)
(* Supporting Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit)
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.