“The manic jazz-leaning grooves, off-kilter synth confections, and fantastical visual components illustrate Kosmo’s peculiar and irresistible approach to pop songwriting.”
– New Commute
“Whatever your musical tastes are, I think it is safe to say that you will find space on your plate for Jonny Kosmo. His music comes from that part in all of us that wants to know our individuality and inner child. Jonny has found both, and made them partners.” – Jammer Zine
“Jonny Kosmo has built a dedicated following fusing immaculately-produced 70’s-vintage funk/soul tunes with an at-times truly surreal visual sense that evokes contemporaries Unknown Mortal Orchestra, albeit with a seemingly more playful and innocent heart.” – The Deli Magazine
LA-based multi-instrumentalist, lyricist and producer Jonny Kosmo returns with new track ‘Last Call’: a single lifted from his sophomore record Pastry, due Friday June 4 via Dinosaur City Records and Feeding Tube Records, and available to pre-order HERE.
Borrowing from the metaphor of a closing kitchen, the transcendental new track tells the story of taking chances and walking through discomfort.
Of his inspiration behind the new single, Kosmo shares:
“Fear can often recruit me into feeling confused or even immobilised. The ‘what-ifs’ and ‘shoulds’ often creep and speak in wiley tongues. ‘Last Call’ is about not letting fear run the show. It’s about walking through discomfort. For me life is an adventure – I’d rather jump in the pool and have things not work out ot my expectations then never get wet at all. This is something I always try to remind myself of. I don’t want fear to take me around in its clown car full of crows!”
Folding on samples from Kosmo’s rich repertoire with billowy horns, a parlour piano and Kosmo’s soothing vocals, ‘Last Call’ evolved sonically as a result of what Kosmo calls “a handful of happy accidents”.
On the recording process, Kosmo says:
“This tune was composed mostly of samples from other songs I had recorded, which was a new process I tried out on this record. I like the idea of themes and pieces folding in on themselves. In this process, I have found there to be a lot of happy accidents – ideas I wouldn’t have initially considered appeared with the slip of a finger. I had been fooling with the idea of chances and their meaning ever since I saw Jim Carey do his commencement address at the 2014 MUM Graduation. This Youtube video heavily influenced the lyrics of this song.”
Jonny Kosmo ‘Last Call’ Packshot
‘Last Call’ is the third single from Kosmo’s sophomore album Pastry, and follows on from recent single/video ‘Fool’, which was added to Rage rotation and placed on a string of influential playlists including Apple Music’s‘New Music Daily’, ‘Indie + Chill’, ‘Antidote’, ‘Always Sunday’ and ‘New in Indie’, and Spotify’s ‘Fresh Finds: The Wave’.
Honeyed in funk and R&B, and steeped in pop-strange composition, Pastry touches upon themes of community, spiritual metamorphosis, and inherent resiliency of spirit. These are spring-boarded by the records construction itself; songs often created from samples of others, continually folding in on itself. The pastiche speaks to the intention: the meta-narrative of personal and communal change. Pastry was recorded and mixed at Kosmo’s home studio Slimehouse as well as Record Studio 22 with Tomas Dolas (The Oh Sees/Mr. Elevator) and mastered by Alex Cooley. All of the album’s artwork was created by local Northeast Los Angeles muralist Rodolfo Kardona in celebration of community essence.
About Jonny Kosmo:
Los Angeles artist Jonny Kosmo can best be described as zaney pop, funk-strange-soul. Feel-good and bouncy on the surface, a grounded ear yields psychologically thematic landscapes drawn from a history of working in mental health, bearing witness to metamorphic change and story. Live performances are characterised by community stage presence, brass sections, melting harmony and occasional trampolines. Kosmo’s debut self-titled release Jonny Kosmo (2019) saw international releases on ChiChing Records (Taipei) and Slimer Records (Italy). Following, Kosmo toured supporting Jerry Paper, sharing the stage locally with such acts as Gary Wilson, Guerilla Toss, and Reggie Watts.