You haven’t heard anyone quite like Cosmo Sheldrake before. But now you can.
Cosmo Sheldrake is a 27-year-old singer, songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist from London. He collects and plays a variety of instruments, from the bass clarinet to the banjo. The music he makes with them, inspired by and often incorporating field recordings and natural soundscapes, is essential listening for anyone interested in hearing truly unique new sounds.
Throughout his career, Sheldrake has continued to be fascinated by sound collection and field-recordings. In 2013, he gave a Tedx talk entitled ‘Interspecies Collaboration’ during which he created a symphony of sounds featuring the sun and British birds in collaboration with his own vocal improvisation. In 2017, he composed the soundtrack for ‘Moving Art’, a Netflix nature series in which filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg explores the beauty of oceans, forests, deserts and flowers.
As a solo musician, Sheldrake released his first single ‘The Moss’ in 2014, which was followed by the ‘Pelicans We’ EP in 2015, which was mastered by Mandy Parnell. This Spring Sheldrake released his debut album ‘The much much how how and I’. It was mixed by electronic producer Matthew Herbert. Written under the influence of a diverse group of musicians ranging from The Beatles and The Kinks to Moondog and Stravinsky, the record was also shaped by a trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Sheldrake’s study of anthropology at the University of Sussex as well as his longstanding interest in ethnomusicology.
Listen to the single ‘Come Along’ from the debut album ‘The much much how how and I’ here.