SoundBytes: Cos Presents “The Greatest Gift”

Cos is the stage name of Mark W. Costoso, a native New Yorker and talented multi-instrumentalist. With a diverse understanding of musical instruments and digital production, Cos is a one man show with a sound as big as the progressive acts he loves. Fans of Yes or Todd Rundgren as in for a serious treat, as Cos’s latest release – Grace – feels the void of new music from such prog-rock bands of this ilk.

The opening track, “The Greatest Gift” has Genesis meets Chicago sound that’s extremely smooth and polished. And, while this isn’t a sound that this particular reviewer seeks out or listens to all that regularly, the track feels comforting in its production quality and the beautiful piano melodies. With a smooth sound that’s easily digestible, it’s a hard sound not to take some pleasure in. Yet even in its clean and wholly inoffensive tones, it still makes a point to highlight and introduce the listener to a level of musicianship akin to the grrat in the progressive genre. The great guitar solo on the song immediately from track 1 lets the listener know that Cos has chops far beyond radio soft rock. It’s clear from the start that fans of everything from prog-rock legends like Styx and Rush to adult contemporary radio are likely to find an album they can appreciate.

You can grab Grace now on Cos’s Bandcamp.

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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