Cosmopolis “The Distances” Single Release

“The Distance” has gorgeous dystopian energy, timely and melancholy, with lovely spacious soaring guitar.  Part “Paris Texas,” part Depeche Mode part Radiohead.  All soundscapes and fluid energy and resonance.  It’s a really beautiful sound, haunting and anthemic.

These three superb musicians, Gavin Kendall, Nicolas Payelle and David Hussey,  live far apart from each other, UK, Belgium and Australia.  Much of this track was recorded separately then, as Covid has separated us all. The result is something entirely of its age. Who knows how different it would sound if they had been in the same place. Something about all this isolation is forcing us to evolve somehow. To create something else, something new, something that appeals to our most intimate selves, as we become over accustomed to our solitude.

This song is a yearning, a rejection, a pushing away of company when, you might imagine, we need it the most.  But it makes sense to me. As we accept our aloneness, we see things far more clearly. Things come into focus more, like how the winter light makes everything more, defined, more seeable. This song reminds me of that. So brilliantly produced, so effortlessly sung belying its intricacy, it’s nuance and the exquisite, purposeful arrangement.

“The Distance” is shockingly beautiful. I cant stop playing it…I absolutely love it. More please!!!!

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Musician Names/Instruments: Gavin Kendall (singer, multi-instrumentalist); Nicolas Payelle (guitars, bass, multi-instrumentalist); David Hussey (drums, percussion); Liz Haak (guest backing vocals)

Producer Name(s): Cosmopolis

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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a Theatre and Food Writer and Filmmaker living in Los Angeles.