Review :: I Am The Cosmos’ Monochrome
Monochrome, the debut LP from Dublin-based band I Am The Cosmos is a disco-tinged/ New Wave-influenced dance album (found thanks to this awesome interview with the band from the folks at Dangerous Minds).
Groovy disco beats, hypnotic melodies shrouded in cloudy synth hazes, sinisterly dark vocals (ala Matthew Dear), silvery guitar plucks, and icy piano stabs (akin to the Chromatics) comprise the overall warm glowing tone of Monochrome. This material is deeply entrenched in the Neon-Noire genre, a chilling atmosphere bathed in the vibrant neon of the after-hour joints.
I Am The Cosmos are Ross Turner and Cian Murphy and they employed a layered approach, recording actual synthesizers and amps to build dark and ambient atmospheres layer by layer. Solar Bears founding member Rian Trench assisted with production of Monochrome (Cosmos member Cian is a touring member of the Solar Bears). Stream the album below!
FTH-LA and DowntownLobby.com present
SpaceCommand at Verdugo Bar
Saturday May 5, 2012
Space Cadets!: Pack your bags cause it’s pre-flight for our monthly intergalactic sonic excursion. Get your heavenly bodies grooving to the sonic booms of WhatJustin and Kloud (of the Melt), with your flight-crew DJ’s ILL-A (of DowntownLobby.com), Bass & Gently (of From The Hip - LA), and Our Name is Legion.
Once we are in orbit, be sure to pay attention to the in-flight monitors.
BOTTLING FIRE: THE LAUNCH OF CALI CARTEL DISCOGRAFICOS
We’ve partnered up with the Los Angeles branch of the nation-wide multimedia group DJ Club Network to bring you the story of Cali Cartel Discográficos, a Los Angeles based dance / electronic label launched in 2012 by label front men Effe T and Illé, formerly of Robot Love and DANCEiSM. Their work with the Los Angeles production group helped spark the flames of the burgeoning local electronic scene and with the launch of their label, they’re bringing that fire to the people.
As Surdam declares “[we’re] excited for the future because we’re just starting… we’re growing the Cali Cartel family, we’re hungry and we’re doing it in LA - the best place to be”.