“Everyone’s taste is diverse so it makes sense that our records are too… Blast Off feels like the best distillation of everything we try to do. There’s still people discovering it now, which is great to see in this age of disposable culture.”
Since discovering the ‘relentlessly modern’ Blast Off – a deep blend of squiggly space-synth, fidgety funk, jazz chops & all manner of influences, Cosmogramma have been desperate to find a space for Paper Tiger at our night at Gwdihw, and not soon enough, they join us on Sat Oct 14th.
Listening to the record, we wanted to grasp more of what it took to make and discover the myriad of influences behind it, so we chatted to the band ahead of the show:
Q: You guys make music that seems to be coming from so many different places, both in terms of genre and mood, do they come from each of you having specific influences when you’re writing?
We write things in a variety of ways – some tunes start off as sketches of beats and then we play around with them with the live band, or sometimes it’s the other way around (we improvise something as a band, record it then use it as a starting point for a production). Everyone’s taste is diverse so it makes sense that our records are too, although we like to think that the band has a coherent overall sound. For me the common thread is something with a groove, whatever that means…
Q: Finally, on a more cheesy note – what’s your dream lineup to be part of?
Kanye West (with his Yeezus tour mountain), Parliament-Funkadelic, Run The Jewels, Jaga Jazzist, The Roots, MF DOOM & Madlib, Battles and us. We’ll play first though and get it out the way. Mr Scruff can play the afterparty.