In this Vision premeire of The Days We Were Young, Phil Cosby acts out an aspect of his life on the road and encounters something that could be otherworldly. He tells us more: “This video is about a man who travels the city by night, haunted by the memory of girl, she leads him to an another world where he can finally let go of the past that holds him.” The track is taken from the new EP Blue Daze.
Phil has a great London show coming up, in November, at Ryan’s in North London where they have fantastic music basement and put on acoustic live music.
Blue Daze, a breathtakingly emotive record, sees rising Irish retro-sci-fi-acoustic-rock musician Phil Cosby effortlessly drawing on late 70s/ early 80s youth nostalgia, resulting in a truly immersive soundscape. Collectively the five tracks juxtapose themes of hope and loss over powerful, melodic rhythms.
“I took inspiration from the Tangerine Dream track – Love On A Real Train, heard in the 80s movie Risky Business. The track’s evocative and unique quality sparked my interest in nostalgia, and the idea that this emotion in music, might be more than just a ‘time and place’ association personal to the listener – that certain music has in itself a nostalgic quality.”
With the influence of retro-futurism, Blue Daze was conceptualised in a sci-fi realm. The intention is to hinge the journey around two big tracks, Star Rider and The Days We Were Young. The former, with a Can vibe, and the latter with a dream pop feel. To accomplish this, two drummers of very different styles were used for the respective tracks. Malcolm Catto (DJ Shadow, Floating Points) and Martyn Barker (Goldfrapp, Robert Plant, Beth Gibbons). The aim was for these two tracks to juxtapose each other, yet sit perfectly together in the piece as a whole.
Cosby’s self-produced debut album The Deal was released in 2014. It journeys from broken down, one man and his guitar, to orchestral arrangements and psychedelic inflections. Notable contributors to the album include mercury prize nominee Jon Hopkins. The record was mixed by studio legend Phil Brown whose CV includes The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, and David Bowie. It was most specifically Brown’s work with Talk Talk and John Martyn that led Cosby to work with him. The Deal’s release was followed by an extensive tour of Ireland culminating at Electric Picnic Festival.
The album was engineered by Phill Brown and mixed by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics, at his vintage analogue studio – Quatermass Sound Lab, in Dalston, London. Blue Daze has been mastered and cut for vinyl by John Dent (PJ Harvey, Portishead).
London show @ Ryan’s N16 11th November
Blue Daze is available for pre order on Bandcamp. Link: