Cosmosaurus, an alternative rock band rooted in Nanaimo, British Columbia, is composed of Hayden Lister (vocals/guitar), Kim Lister (vocals/keyboards), Atana Mae (guitar), Graham Shonwise (bass) and Jordan Becker (drums). The group came together in 2018, brought together by their shared background in the jazz music program at Vancouver Island University. Drawing from diverse musical influences, each member contributes their unique touch to the band, resulting in a captivating fusion of funky rhythms, layered textures and irresistible melodies. With two skilled vocalists, they create a mesmerizing blend of tight harmonies and striking contrasts, defining their distinctive brand of progressive introspective funky space rock.
The band recently released Odyssey. I thought the album was very well mixed, balanced and kept my attention throughout its duration. They open with the title track “Odyssey.” It’s a bright song and has a lot of energy that should give you a burst of adrenaline. They fit a lot of music into this five-minute song. It’s dynamic and I especially loved the outro which is kinetic.
“Puppet” is very unique. It felt like an Americana song but fused with cosmic energy. I felt it to have very original sounds. The song’s pops and vocal melodies are memorable. There’s also a killer guitar solo on this song.
The band continues to impress with “Slipping Through My Fingers.” This one is funky but also has elements of classic rock and is quite soulful. I got the impression that it would translate great for a live audience.
“If I Could Fly” seems to have a different vocalist but the transition felt seamless. It’s another killer song. There are catchy melodies, great grooves and some moments just soar. “Keep A Light On” might be my personal favorite. It’s soulful, cosmic and the most emotional resonant song. There are a couple of sub-genres in here including a tinge of ’50s pop. Similar to some of their other songs there are moments that soar.
“Obscured” is great as well but then you have the almost ten-minute epic entitled “The Forgotten.” I could write an entire review on this song alone but will say this is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. They close with “Empty Castle” which starts off intimate but builds to epic heights.
This album is huge sounding and the musicianship is incredible. Two thumbs up.
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