Cosmo Sheldrake – ‘Solar’

cmsdDid you know one can use recordings of the Sun to create amazing music? I learned that today after listening to Cosmo Sheldrake’s ‘Solar’.

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 ‘Stellar Seismology’. Other sounds that feature in Solar include field recordings of Ecuadorian flutes and singing from the Central African Aka Pygmies. All of these elements make this song an absolute masterpiece.

‘Solar’ is the B-side to Cosmo’s debut single ‘The Moss’ which topped Hype Machine last week and the track has had 170,000 plays in just over three weeks!

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).


If you like what you are hear and are lucky to be living on the other side of the world, Cosmo is touring the UK and Europe. Check out where he will  be:


05 Apr – AB Club, Brussels*

08 Apr – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth*

09 Apr – Koko, London* (SOLD OUT)

10 Apr – Fibbers, York*

11 Apr – The Cluny, Newcastle*

12 Apr – Leaf, Liverpool* (SOLD OUT)

13 Apr – Glee Club, Cardiff*

23 Apr – Sebright Arms, London (single launch) (SOLD OUT)

24 Apr – The Green Door Store, Brighton (tickets)

29th Apr – L’international, Paris


(* Supporting Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit)



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