Review: A Cosmic Combination on Cosmosis Jones’ New ‘Easy Listening Muzak’


Combining elements of garage rock, jazz, and plunderphonics with some of that lo-fi charm, Cosmosis Jones captivates with their latest release Easy Listening Muzak. Carter Prince pulls listeners in with unique guitar lines and varying tempos and styles, but keeps them around with his creative use of audio and passion-filled lyrics. When listening to Easy Listening Muzak, you can feel Prince’s passion for the project at your core, and it is easy to see why this up-and-coming Seattle artist has been receiving some much deserved attention.

Listen to the track “Lone Kernel Looking for Your Cob” to get a flavor for Cosmosis Jones’ style on Easy Listening Muzak. This track features layered and complex guitar parts, and pairs with a manic drum line and escalating tempo. “Lone Kernel Looking for Your Cob” eventually fades into the style of plunderphonics characteristic of the album as a whole, and leaves a distinct, haunting feeling in its wake.

Prince further showcases his talents with his rendition of the 1954 Penguins song “Earth Angel.” Keeping the spirit of the original song alive, Prince adds some far away vocals and a more pronounced guitar line to make this cover his own. Building up to a beautifully warm and fuzzy chorus, “Earth Angel” showcases the variety and style seen throughout the record.

Easy Listening Muzak proves to be an elaborate, emotional, and unique feat of an album. One of my favorite local albums of the year, Easy Listening Muzak’s use of plunderphonics sets it apart from the rest, and creates an atmosphere capable of challenging genres and bringing listeners to the deepest depths of the cosmos.

(Easy Listening Muzak is available through Bandcamp via a name-your-price option at Stream the track “bAsEmEnT cOsMoS” below via SoundCloud.)

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