Friday 14 August 2020

ALBUM NEWS: Cosmo Sheldrake - 'Wake Up Calls'

I'm writing this late on Thursday evening, fully aware that I should be sleeping, so I'll try to make it quick... I am very very excited to share that musical genius (a status awarded by me) Cosmo Sheldrake is bringing out a new record in little over a month. Cosmo fans like myself will adore this, but it is also most certainly one for nature lovers. Those of you who spent more time outside during lockdown, appreciating the birdsong from your gardens, may, like me, have been struck by a desire to learn more about your avian neighbours. 

Consider this album an education. A collection of birdsong, layered with Cosmo's recognisably glorious sounds. New tune Cuckoo Song is a beautiful example - with Cosmo singing the Benjamin Britten song, alongside the sound of a Cuckoo singing above Britten's grave in Aldeburgh Cemetery, recorded by soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause.

Over to Cosmo with some more info... "Wake Up Calls was created over a nine year period, using recordings of bird song featured on the red and amber lists of endangered British birds (with the exception of a Robin and a Blackbird, which aren't endangered - yet). The album starts at night with a Nightjar and a Nightingale. The music progresses, track by track, through dawn and day time, round to the evening chorus and back to night with another Nightingale and an Owl."

You can pre-order Wake Up Calls on Bandcamp here.

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