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INTERVIEW: Cosmos Sunshine

Hi Cosmos, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi VENTS! I’ve been great. Enjoying the enthusiastic response to the singles and feeling like I’m gaining some traction lately. Getting psyched for the release of the new album!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Bomb”?

The Bomb is a bit of surreal wordplay over a spacey, but rocking musical foundation. Like a lot of my tunes, there are layers of meaning and much room for the listener personalize the lyrics. To me, it’s a song of desperation turning in to resignation then, ultimately, triumph.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

No, nothing specific. A bit of relationship stuff and some self reflection. I deal in feelings and images, rather than events.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was a blast! Big props to my dear friends Tracy and Julia at On Deck Sound Studio in Northfield, CT. I recorded and mixed the album there and it was such a great experience that we have basically formed a little production team. Great facility and great people. ‘The Bomb’ was filmed with each player individually in front of green screen and it was neat to source the eery stock footage. Really rewarding to see the finished product.

The single comes off your new album Comes With The Fall – what’s the story behind the title?

Comes with the Fall comes from a scene in the Roman Polanski film ‘Rosemary’s Baby’. One of my favorite films, which I will urge all of you to go watch and enjoy!

How was the recording and writing process?

As I mentioned earlier, it was great. I really afforded myself the time to work it up to a level close to that which I hear in my head. The rhythm section came up from NYC for a couple days for basic tracking, after which I would show up once or twice a week for the following few months for guitar, vocal and ear candy overdubs. I’ve been much more accustomed to knocking out an entire record over three days in studios in NYC, so this was treat.

What role does Connecticut play in your writing?

So much of my creative sensibility comes from CT and the vibes in New England. It’s a haunted place where the natural world can swallow you up, if you’re not careful. New York plays an equal role, but for different reasons. The city has changed tremendously, but when I came up there was tremendous amount freedom and an artist could live and create without a trust fund or a sugar daddy/mama.

How your upbringing has influence your music?

Tremendously. I grew up in a very unique environment. Not quite a hippie commune, but something close to that. I have always known that there is a life to be lead outside the status quo.

What aspect of hope did you get to explore on this record?

Hope is really the central aspect to all of it. Aspiration is a less passive version of the same thing, and this record shot through with ribbons of hope and aspiration, with a few dashes of desire. Even the pissed off rockers offer some potential for resolution. I find that every song I write ends up being a self-help message to myself which often reveals itself long after it escapes into the public forum.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes. Mostly in New York and New England over the Summer, although I will be in Sweden at the end of August. I’m doing lots of solo things and a handful of full band performances at strategic times and places.

What else is happening next in Cosmos Sunshine’s world?

I have a really exciting project that is nearing completion with a producer pal of mine, Matt Stein. It’s a songwriting/production partnership and the tracks are sort of a mashup of late ’70’s and early ’80’s crooning a la Bowie and Roxy Music, deep psychedelia and really modern electronic music. We have been working on it for about three years now and we plan to release our debut this Fall.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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