Cosines

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Simon and Alice met on the London Underground after a Stereo Total gig in 2009. Two days later Simon was round Alice’s house unblocking her kitchen drain. Since then Simon has been round and put up two curtain rails, one blind and a shelf.

Once the DIY was done, they started making music. As a band, they are constantly trying to find the perfect meeting point between clean synths and fuzz guitars, asking: What do you get if you mix New Order, United States of America and Stereolab? The resulting songs fuse metronomic pop sensibilities, 60s grooves and Krautrock noise.

Cosines made their live debut in April 2012, and have since played with Laetitia Sadier, Comet Gain and Seapony, as well as performing at the Indietracks Festival in 2014. The band’s debut album, “Oscillations”, was released in 2014, receiving favourable reviews in The Quietus and The Sunday Times and airplay on 6 Music. Their sophomore LP is to be released in 2017.

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Releases

Fika055: Cosines – Transitions [10″/DL]
Fika040: Cosines – Oscillations [12″/CD/DL]
Fika037: Cosines – Commuter Love [7″/DL]
Fika027: Cosines – Hey Sailor Boy! [7″/DL]

Transitions

Cosines return with their new EP, “Transitions”. As well as being the missing link between the band’s debut LP and next year’s follow-up, the four tracks are all about change – with themes of starting over, moving on, making changes and reacting to unexpected events.

Opening track, Let’s Start It Over, is the most personal, building over five minutes to a classic pop crescendo – coming soon to a dancefloor near you. Dunbar was written in angry response to the news that Cosines’ spiritual home, The Buffalo Bar, was to shut, and received its live debut at one of the final shows there. The song pays tribute to the latest of many vital small music venues forced to close due to property development, London’s increasing gentrification and lack of arts support from government.
The EP also demonstrates a transition in the band’s sound, introducing sonic explorations from the Krautrock grooves of Ra to the duelling saxophones of Chaos Theory and showcasing a more confident approach to songwriting from both singer/keyboard player Alice Hubley and multi-instrumentalist Simon Nelson.

Transitions is released on 10″ vinyl and download on the 15th July 2016.

“powerfully pulsing rhythms, energetic melodies and a fearless way with pop clearly inspired by predecessors but unafraid to mess with the familiar templates.” SoundsXP

“it eschews the indie-pop leanings of the band’s previous output in favour of something which is conceivably more challenging, but unquestionably more rewarding. Starting off as a minimal synth-pop track, it’s a perfect example of the thrill of a gentle musical build; without ever seeming to lurch it builds a sonic wall of rolling toms, duelling saxophones and hypnotic synthesizers, a quiet, almost subtle cacophony if such a thing can possibly exist. As it fades out on a pulsating, twitching synth, pop fans could be forgiven for feeling a long way from home.” For The Rabbits

“‘Let’s Start It Over’ is an angular, confident and metronomic piece of indie pop brushed with kraut-rock and a dash of some synth for good measure” Overblown

“Cosines are one of the few bands that actually matter. As their songwriting continually gets better, they brazenly explore new territories with an open-mindedness that is so rare these days. If this is any indication, the next album will surely break new ground.” The Big Takeover

“Walking the line between jangle and pristine guitar ring, this first sample is five minutes of charming indiepop” Austin Town Hall

“‘Ra’ is reminiscent of mid-period the Experimental Pop Band or indeed German band Stereo Total in its keyboard noodling grooves, while ‘Dunbar’ is a fine upbeat duet between Simon Nelson and Hubley having a side swipe at developers taking over venues for other purposes and ripping the heart out of underground musical scenes in pursuit of profit” Pennyblack Music

“The world needs pop music right now and Cosines are certainly doing their bit” A Musical Priority

“retro indie-pop” The Barbican

“comparisons to New Order and Stereolab, with some Kraut Rock seasoning chucked in” Norman Records

“‘Let’s Start It Over’ is a rambunctiously motorific, lo-fi stomper” Soundblab

Oscillations press

“a cool and mannered (but not overmannered) exploration of a musical world bordered by Stereolab, Blondie, Saint Etienne, Belle and Sebastian and a band your mates formed at school that you wish you were in”
The Sunday Times

“Cosines have found the magic formula that indie pop has been dreaming of – a winning combination of Pulp and Belle & Sebastian, seasoned with swathes of Stereolab. Refreshingly offering none of the dreaded “twee” associated with that genre, Cosines have a big sense of melody they’re not afraid to both use and play with, the same going for their sonic palette of guitars and spacey synths.”
The Quietus

“Named after Carole King’s 60s Deewop backing group and apparently not the tangent counterpart, Cosines bring us a lovely fusion of tunes with their hearts in the same era, blurry guitars and retro synth sounds that once sounded futuristic. They can write a cracking alternative pop song too as openers Out Of The Fire and Nothing More Than A Feeling comfortably demonstrate, with the latter sounding much like early Blondie New Wave efforts.”
Louder Than War

“[Cosines] score one of the more interesting indie pop debuts in recent years. Oscillations marries some nicely untroubled production and supercool synth sounds with quietly catchy songs and a bit of melancholy emotion, showcases Alice Hubley’s drily precise vocals, and delivers a number of songs that should be highlights on any mixtapes of 2014’s indie pop highlights.
All Music

“Catchy, new wavey, but with bursts of electronic trickery, Oscillations turns indiepop on its end and comes up with cultured pop that even the innumerate can understand.”
Sounds XP

“Oscillations is a solid debut album with moments of human kindness melting the sangfroid; it’s a promising start which provides tantalising clues to a potentially great band and I, for one, will be listening out for future releases with interest.”
Folk Radio

“Throughout ‘Oscillations’ interlocking synth and guitar lines recall Stereolab and ‘Parallel Lines’-era Blondie in equal measure, although not with quite such uncanny force as lead-singer Alice Hubley’s airy vocals.”
Loud and Quiet

“they expand their sound with the almost Doors-ish “Binary Primary”, a Seeds-like insistence on “Runaway” and a dreamy Jesus and Mary Chain comedown in the closing “Our Ghosts.” It’s an entirely successful debut that perfectly encapsulates a band with a solid direction, strong songs and sound musicianship.”
The Big Takeover

“it’s a jaunty collection of bouncy and tuneful pop songs with a cool head-noddy kraut edge. Twee-pop can often be a bit too sickly for me but I’m finding this dead charming.”
Norman Records

“The album’s outstanding track is the closer, the torch song ‘Our Ghosts.’ I would say it was worth the price of admission alone, were it not for the fact that there’s so many brilliant tracks on the album.”
God Is In The TV

“Hubley has the sort of attractive matter-of-fact semi-spoken delivery you would have once heard in the psychedelic musical dance club sequences of 60s B-movies (at her best here on Walkaway and the Shangri-Las influenced Our Ghosts) while Nelson provides reedy nasal vocals for the toybox pop death of boyhood themed Lookout Mountain Drive and the instrumental pop-in-court sounds like the soundtrack to some forgotten kids 70s puppet space series.”
Roots and Branches

“‘Oscillations’ is exactly what pop music in 2014 should sound like; the band manage to combine that timeless pop sound that has stood strong throughout the decades with a contemporary sound. Cosines are a band who clearly know how to move pop music forward in the right direction.”
A Musical Priority

“Bouncing along with deft foot-tapping beats, Cosines’ synth-heavy album is very enjoyable.”
York Press

“Oscillations is a delightful mix of electronic sounds and fuzzy guitars. Cranky old Moogs and Roland synths sit side-by-side with distorted guitars, like some kind of metronomic pop with Krautrock chaser.”
Shropshire Star

“elements of the sweetness and fuzzy guitars of a straight indie pop group, but also clear currents of more forward-looking pop as well”
When You Motor Away

“Oscillations channels the spirit of this feat, speaking of hope in discordant situations. Marrying smiley synth tracks and blithe Krautrock wayfaring to a theme of honest assessment, Oscillations is a feel good album but not in the usual sense. It’s more like a how-to on relationship problems.”
Cuckoo Review

“If this is mathematical pop I’d love to see their workings”
The Crack

Commuter Love press

“Commuter Love, stomps along in a glam sort of way (think T. Rex, Dr and The Medics’ Spirit in The Sky or perhaps even Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Spread Your Love). But that doesn’t get us to the heart of what’s so good about it… On the new single’s B-side, Disclosed Stories, Cosines recall the wistful tone of indie pop favourites such as Allo Darlin’, a sweet and sincere tale of daily travel into the office that would make you go freelance in a heartbeat. This is what I want a modern pop song to sound like.”
Louder Than War

“painted with alluringly push-pull of knowing fem-vox that surf the teasing line between Saint Etienne and the 70s pop swing of mid period Belle and Sebastian”
God Is In The TV

“‘Commuter Love’ is a commuter blues number with a riff that merges Norman Greenbaum’s ‘Spirit In The Sky’ with Tame Impala’s ‘Elephant’. By Cosines standards it’s totally rocking! The return journey ‘Disclosed Stories’ sees the group in more familiar terrain and, though less surprising, it’s as charming as ever with it’s Belle And Sebastian worshipping tweeisms. Indietracks ready indie pop as it’s best.”
Norman Records

“It’s rare these days to come upon a track so assuredly given over to enjoyment. It has a jauntiness which is guaranteed to put a smirk on your face.”
Soundblab

“bits of Camera Obscura, Stereolab, hints of krautrock… a lot to be excited about!”
Bloodbuzzed

“there’s some definite indiepop lineage in what the band are crafting, but if you’re listening then perhaps you’re hearing a bit of a glam rock stomp going on ; it’s one of the traits that helps differentiate the work of the band from many of their compatriots”
Austin Town Hall

“Sweet lyrics and perfect jams highlight this single with bits hinting a little at Blondie, September Girls, and the Vaselines. Catchy as hell!”
Tuning Into Obscure

“Commuter Love is a feedback drenched, garage pop number, with a nod to bands like The Black Keys, while the flip side, “Disclosed Stories,” is a bright, bouncy ditty, complete with trumpet, that sounds like it could have easily been pilfered from an old Depeche Mode or Yaz record”
Innocent Words

“filching Goldfrapp’s electro-glam stomp for a tale of lives lost to the working week”
Sweeping The Nation

““Commuter Love” attacks with the bass-driven stomp of a classic glam rocker, all frustration and no frills, the sound of riding trains in circles but not really going anywhere in life, love or ambition.”
The Big Takeover

“some seriously dark and sultry chill pop chic”
The Sunday Experience

Hey Sailor Boy! press

[Hey Sailor Boy!] sets off as a northern soul stomper before adding lovely strings and flirty lyrics. And they have produced not one, but two, catchy efforts, as b-side The Answer is also pretty darn good, albeit more in a Stereolab synth krautrock styleeeee
Sounds XP

Marshmallow-fed, mathematically inclined indie-pop”
Drowned In Sound

’Hey Sailor Boy!’ hits top marks with 60s thrift stall soul single swing matched with Elefant Records’ Little Orchestra string section for extra oohs and ahhs topped off with a layer of sweet factory girl smoky Smokey vocals that can only come from years of alternating between hand-rolled cigs and m&m’s
Collapse Board

“…about her love for her sailor boy who’s in for nothing but trouble if he stays with her. It’s a well placed metaphor that adds enough depth to the concept to make it smart and funny with parallels with some of the best of The Magnetic Fields”  Tuppence Magazine

I’m digging Cosines like a robot shovel set to ‘get busy’ in a very specific pile of trigonometric functions”
A Fog Of Ideas

If Belle and Sebastian channeled the spirit of Kurt Weill in a highly diatonic frame of mind, the end result might be something along the lines of Sailor Boy. It is indie rock as musical
MV Remix

a charming song with echoes of Allo Darlin & Camera Obscura, and proof that you can indeed make a non-sexual song about booty calls
Metaphorical Boat

as refreshing as bicycle practice
Everett True

some Northern Soul piano pounding, the A Little Orchestra string section and general low budget Camera Obscura/Concretes indiepop-soul swooning
Sweeping The Nation

a grungy piece of indie pop with male/female harmonies that work pretty well and a kind of Stereolab-as-played-by-a-school-band vibe which is pretty damn endearing
Norman Records