The musical career of Cosmo Sheldrake – son of ‘maverick biologist’/parapsychologist Rupert Sheldrake – continues to forge ahead, with the 24-year-old multi-instrumentalist releasing a music video to accompany his official debut single, ‘The Moss‘:
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).
The music video complements the off-centre nature of Cosmo’s music and the ‘nonsense literature’-based lyrics by being set in a miniature village:
The B-side of the single is also worth a listen. In ‘Solar’, Cosmo Sheldrake recites a verse from the William Blake poem ‘I Rose Up At The Dawn of Day’, over a sonic tapestry weaved from seismological signals from the Sun, field recordings of Ecuadorian flutes and singing from the Central African Aka Pygmies: