Dark corners of politics and other social problems are themes that are often on the minds of musicians and other artists. When the times themselves get darker, musicians revisit those themes quite often.
When they do, reminding ourselves of past problems and mistakes might give us the clue how to handle the crises and problems we face today.
That might have been on the mind of international trio Cosmopolis, whose latest single “Nixon-Manson” takes us back to the dark side of the late ’60s conveying, as they put it, 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.
Hailing respectively from Belgium, Australia, and England, Gavin Kendall (singer, multi-instrumentalist), Nicholas Platten (guitars), David Hussey (drums, percussion) handle the dark themes with some even darker art rock with post-rock undertones, recalling the likes of Bauhaus, Swans, Nick Cave, and a few others.
Having in mind that the trio more often than not had to cooperate virtually, they have to record their music in multiple locations and arrange, mix and master it in the cloud.
Yet, with “Nixon-Manson” they seem to have been able to overcome such obstacles with ease, delivering music that makes us think and ponder on the parallels in history that keep on repeating themselves.