HELLO COSMOS are a Post-Punk/Dance/Electronic/Psych Music Collective from Manchester UK, who over the past couple of years have banded together to create a Multi-Media based music project that involves an incredibly large number of creatives from across the city. This kind of approach to making art has always interested me due to the insanely unique work that can be produced due to the vastly different influences of each person involved, so I’m incredibly excited to jump into their debut album DREAM HARDER.
Starting the album off we have Fuse, which starts instantly with a simple yet catchy bass-line that pulls the listeners in with ease before adding synths, guitar and a rap verse that flows pretty well. By the halfway point the tension and aggression start to build before crashing into one hell of a catchy guitar riff that compliments the bass perfectly. TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT follows on with a modern take on classic British Punk by blending in atmospheric guitars and elements of Indie while RAISE THE DAWN sounds like Classic Rock/80’s Pop on copious amounts of LSD. FREQUENCY FIELDS brings in some very spacey effects over the guitar and vocals that sound very heavily influenced by the likes of Enter Shikari.
Moving further along we have THE COSMIC TRIGGER, which has my favourite vocal performance of the release as well as the most typical Post-Punk sound while adding in a multitude of effects to create an intense experience that I couldn’t get enough of. STEP OUT THE SHADOWS brings in some melancholic instrumentals and a pretty Bowie-inspired chorus that reminds me heavily once again of the experimental side of 80’s Pop. Next up is RUN FOR PRESIDENT that follows a similar style sonically to THE COSMIC TRIGGER but with a strong element of Rage Against The Machine within the lyrical content. LET LOVE BE THE ISLAND UPON WE STAND is a love letter to The Prodigy alongside having psych-rock guitars scattered throughout the run time and DREAM HARDER is straight up just a great pure Psych-Rock anthem to be. Second to last is RENEGADE LOVE, a perfectly executed modern Post-Punk piece of art that mixes key sounds from every big band in the genre to create this unique yet familiar experience. Closing out the album is DOWN THE LINE, an Acoustic bonus track that just sounds like Singer-Songwriter Country-Punk.
DREAM HARDER is one of the more interesting releases I’ve heard over the past couple of years purely because of the approach taken to create it. While musically the album is a solid listen, it stands out more like a piece of performance art designed to be a love letter to music over a wide range of generations. With the album only being the beginning of the group’s goals, and a mix of music videos, Visualisers and even some experimentation with Augmented Reality, HELLO COSMOS has set up an insanely strong foundation to start building the groups future upon.
Review: Daniel Stapleton
HELLO COSMOS – ‘DREAM HARDER’ – OUT 22 JAN 2021, VIA COSMIC GLUE