Jonny Kosmo shares new single/video ‘Firely’ and announces sophomore LP Pastry RIYL: Outkast, Avalanches, Jerry Paper, Haruomi Hosono

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Jonny Kosmo shares new single/video 'Firely' and announces sophomore LP Pastry RIYL: Outkast, Avalanches, Jerry Paper, Haruomi Hosono

Introducing LA-based artist Jonny Kosmo and his new single/video ‘Firefly’. The funked-out track tells a story about the archeology of hope, and is accompanied by a vibrant video created by Salvador Cresta. The new track comes with the announcement of Jonny Kosmo’s sophomore album Pastry, due June 4, 2020 via Dinosaur City Records and Feeding Tube Records digitally and on limited edition 12″ vinyl.

Listen/watch ‘Firefly’ here.

Featuring a twisted synth solo from Tomas Dolas (Oh Sees/Mr. Elevator) and an outro composition from Logan Hone, ‘Firefly’ leads with the assumption we all have an inner glow; an inherent resourcefulness.

Kosmo says of the new track. “At times we have to dust off the artefacts to reconnect. The fossilisation of our lived experience is an invitation to be unpacked in learning to get out of our own way. I’ve always felt there is so much to learn from nature and bugs. Taking time to slow down and bring mindful curiosity to their presence always yields something new for me.”

Honeyed in funk and R&B, and steeped in pop-strange composition, Pastry touches upon themes of community, spiritual metamorphous, 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.


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.

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