Australian pop has a new face. Lucky for our pedestrian memories, Cosmo’s Midnight offers us twice as many opportunities to remember that face.
Australian twins Cosmo and Patrick Liney just released their debut album What Comes Next this past June. Their heterogeneous mix of pop, electronic, hip hop, and additional revivalist genres is stirring the domestic pool of mainstream content, earning them mid-lineup spots at domestic Australian festivals like Groovin the Moo, Falls Music Festival, Yours and Owls, and Splendour In The Grass, just to name a few.
In addition to their domestic success, Cosmo’s Midnight may have cashed their ticket to the international stage before stepping foot outside of the Australia. While local celebrities like Winston Surfshirt and Panama provide a sturdy set of native roots to grow the base of the Cosmo’s Midnight’s content, rising international stars like Sweden’s Tove Styrke and England’s Pauli The PSM are spreading the twin’s weighty branches across continental borders. Not only are these artists geographically diversified, but they represent completely different categorical genres as well. There are featured rappers with Buddy, Jay Prince, Boogie and Pauli The PSM, pop singers with Woodes and Tove Styrke, and even alternative collaborators like Panama and Winston Surfshirt. That kind of calculated universal sourcing gives Cosmo’s Midnight added touch-points in their social web of effectiveness, while leaving the door wide open for future opportunities to do the same.
It’s plain to see while scrolling through each track that the Liney twins gather inspiration from a wide range of sources. The two told Australia blog Pile Rats that, “A lot of our writing is basically drawn off old disco, old soul, gospel and funk from the 60s, 70s and early 80s. Our parents were always listening to music downstairs growing up and it just seeped into our lives. I kind of dismissed it at the time, but then when we came back to writing music, we went back and started drawing on all these old things, like Chic and Nile Rodgers, and their production styles.” Those generational themes have two obvious, intertwined theme in common – they’re designed to be outwardly entertaining and/or inspire dance from a sizable mass of mainstream listeners. Although the songs are more impudent and sassy lyrically, the same production styles used 30+ years ago to bring the general listening public together during trying times is noticeably present throughout What Comes Next.
Favorite Tracks: Talk To Me, Get To Know, Polarised, Lowkey, Dreamer, Where U Been