Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Cosmonauts - Shaker

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Due to our state-of-the-art filing system (my brain and a series of folders that are as organised as the Qatar world cup plans), we've brought you the lead-up singles to Cosmonauts' album 'Persona Non Grata' in reverse order. The record is available Stateside (the band are from California) but hits UK stores on Monday. With a little drone, a little Stereolab and plenty of guitars the single 'What Me Worry' was all boding well for the album, but that was before we heard the first single from the record, 'Shaker', which we'll belatedly cover here.

Treading similar ground with its approach to being inspired by drone-rock and shoegaze, there's a more sparkly light at play with this one, and that's down to some nice guitar lines that are picked out and crisp. The name gives a clue to the sound too, and the percussion here does indeed shake, recalling generations of psychedelic music. Vocally that near-monotone drawl is the glue that holds the song together, but it's those twin assets of lead guitar and percussion that transform it into something a little extra special.

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