Hailing from the Emerald Isle, electronic duo I Am The Cosmos – otherwise known as Ross Turner and Cian Murphy – make the kind of sparkly electro pop beats you just can’t help but tap your foot to. Their newest single, “Letting It Go”, has just been released via Irish tastemaker label Happy Valley Records, and here at the Wonderland office it’s been going down a treat.
The track combines melancholic synths and dark, hypnotic vocals with funky moving beats and electro bleeps. “Letting It Go” is ethereal and infectious. Think Factory Floor meets New Order, but a kind of bubble gum pop version. The single also comes with a great remix by fellow Dublin based producer Lumigraph, which is definitely worth a listen, should eerie techno be more your kinda thing.
The Dubliners cite Italo Disco and the ambient records of legend Brian Eno amongst their influences, but the group was actually formed in 2013 thanks to the influence of a single song “Shinzo No Tobira” by Mariah, an early ’80s Japanese band. Given these eclectic influences, we’ve been buzzing to see what kind of a crazy selection of tunes the guys would share in this playlist they’ve curated especially for Wonderland.
Ross and Cian explained that “the chosen playlist consists of old favourites and new discoveries, and as a whole provides a glimpse into our combined listening habits of late.The selections are anchored in music from the 1980s for the most part, though there was no theme as such in mind when we compiled the list. The tracks’ personalties make sense together, there is a dysfunctional opulence. Our music tastes have evolved and our approach to making music is significantly different now to when we made our first album, ‘Monochrome’. The pool of influence and the music we’ve made recently is colder, darker but we’ve kept this playlist on the brighter side of that”.
This playlist is a sure fire way to get you through #humpday, so plug in and enjoy!
I Am The Cosmos celebrate their new single “Letting It Go”, with a live show at The Bello Bar, Dublin this Saturday (15th July).