Featuring typically outspoken wordplay from Ben Robinson, the Hello Cosmos head-honcho is joined by guest vocalists Telle & Elara on this latest effort.
A track that says good-riddance to the silence of socially distanced Britain and gets on its soapbox to welcome the return of live music, the billboard-like message of “Loud Is Beautiful” couldn’t be clearer… or LOUDER.
“There’s a perceived virtue in being quiet that has been increased with the pandemic”muses Robinson of the song. “I realised looking out my window during lockdown that quiet is dull, that the loud noise of music isn’t noise, it’s beauty. So the track’s about that, being non apologetic for volume and loving life.”
A swirl of esoteric synths, clipped beats and sampled brass inflections, “Loud Is Beautiful” the latest cut to emerge from a brand new mixtape project: ‘Golden Dirt’; a new collaboration with San Francisco-based producer The Olchemist.
Blurring the lines between alternative rock, electronica and hip-hop, the harmonic backing melodies and blazing sax breakdown of “Loud Is Beautiful” come courtesy of Elara (aka Claire Crowther, who has received support from BBC Introducing for her second single Burnin’), whilst the raw Hip-Hop esque vocal elements are provided by Seattle upstart ‘Chantelle DeSchutter’ AKA ‘Telle’. Speaking about the collaboration Telle says:
“Having this opportunity to work with Hello Cosmos and being featured on their ‘Lockdown’ project has been an amazing experience. They’re insanely talented and they’re right up my alley in terms of style. I’ve always wanted to collab with a rock band. I’m beyond grateful to share this wonderful journey with them. LET’S GET LOUD CHAMPS!! You’re going to love this one!”
Written as a means of expressing the frustration and boredom Robinson experienced as a musician and concert promoter (Bluedot/Kendal Calling) during the lockdowns of the last year, the frontman explains how the new mixtape came about:
“I found a little outlet back where I began, in a room by myself engaging with music on a very personal level, as an outlet, as a mental health crutch as a way of understanding what I was feeling, as a way of lifting myself out of depression, as a way of connecting with other people albeit still not in person. The result of those times is a series of recordings I’ve put together into a record called ‘Golden Dirt’”
Owing to a looser creative process, its loop based drum foundations (in the absence of the totemic live drum sound usually provided by his brother Simon) and the variety of guest vocalists who feature throughout; the music that emerged from the late-night ‘Golden Dirt’ sessions quickly adopted the feel of a mixtape. Adding spoken-word laced with his typically irreverent humour and archly warped social commentary, the off-the-cuff lyrics offer a visceral snapshot of Robinson’s mindset day-by-day.
“After doing a rough track I’d then use these to vent my thoughts and feeling.” reflects Robinson. “Sometimes I’d just say what was in my head to get it out (Hard enough to start with) other times I’d write a lyric in the day and mess about with it later. A lot of the tracks take on a different meaning looking back on them. As a result there is a narrative of my journey through the last year or so”
Sending the track to San Francisco for a West Coast touch, the tracks were a given final mix by The Olchemist (aka Oliver Linton Brown) who also worked on ‘Dream Harder’.
New single “Loud Is Beautiful” follows hypnotic teaser track “From The Ground Up”, with further cuts from the ‘Golden Dirt’ mixtape to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Hello Cosmos are a Manchester-based band and collective of creatives. A four piece at their core, the band are led by songwriter and bass player Ben Robinson, the founder of the celebrated bluedot & Kendal Calling festivals. Also featuring the talents of mainstay members Angela Chan on viola/synths/vocals (notably a member of the Mercury-shortlisted Lanterns on the Lake and a touring member of Placebo), powerhouse drummer Simon Robinson (brother of Ben) and the uniquely styled guitarist Adrian Ingham (assisted by a stack FX pedals); together as Hello Cosmos they are a meeting of minds of telepathic harmony with immense capability.
Unfurling a string of stimulating singles and EPs since their formation in 2017, Hello Cosmos found their breakthrough 2019 with the obliterating electro-punk of the ‘Run for President’ EP; winning over supporters at BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and Radio X, to Under The Radar and Louder Than War in the process. In 2021 Hello Cosmos released their long-awaited debut LP: ‘Dream Harder’ to critical acclaim, with Robinson now planning a new collaborative effort written and recorded with US-based producer The Olchemist in lockdown. Watch this space for further details…