SoundBytes: CosmopolisRadiates Maturity with New Music Video for “Nixon-Mason”

We begin with the band’s introduction of their new track “Nixon-Manson”:

It’s probably the closest we shall ever come to writing a musical – albeit the darkest and scariest musical you’ll ever experience. We are fascinated with the late 1960s, and wanted to convey in words and music an era dominated by political corruption, the death of idealism, the crumbling of empire, and some moments of pure evil that changed popular culture forever.

Blending post-punk music with trip-hop beats and grooves, the sound on this latest Cosmopolis tracks shares are much with the dark and trippy electronic sounds of Tricky as it does with post-punks like Bauhaus and proto-punks like Velvet Underground. With a bass line that won’t quit and a hypnotic soundscape in the back, synths and guitars overlayed on top, and an emotive but subdued vocal lead, “Nixon-Manson” is groovy, ominous, and infectious all at once.

The new music video that accompanies the track captures the feel and style of the song brilliantly. The band hails from all over the world, but through the power of modern technology, they create a unified sound that feels as if one voice. Check out the video below, then make sure to dig into their catalog at the link below the video, as the band is currently donating all proceeds to the Ukraine relief effort.

And please consider grabbing the track and other great tunes from the band at Bandcamp, as all proceeds from their Bandcamp are going to Lumos Ukraine Appeal for the coming months.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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