COSMO’S MIDNIGHT Return With New Single + Video ‘Titanic’

Fresh off the buzz from their long-awaited sophomore album ‘Yesteryear’, Cosmo’s Midnight today return to share their new scintillating single and video, Titanic, out via Sony Music (Australia), RCA Records (USA) & Black Butter Records (UK).

Opening with glittery chords and a pulsating bassline, Titanic builds on their distinctive sound with a fusion of funk and house, in the process linking up with APRA award-winning and ARIA-nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist, Louis Schoorl (5 Seconds of SummerGirls’ GenerationM-Phazes). The uplifting sonic canvas is rich with guitars, shimmering synths and a classic four on the floor drum pattern, as Pat’s dynamic falsettos bridge a juxtaposition of dejected lyrics on past regrets, signalling an evolution from last year’s LP. Today’s accompanying video sees the pair in a school-aged talent show. Directed by Tim NathanCosmo and Pat‘s faces become superimposed on two tracksuit-clad stars, whose impromptu dance moves slowly lure a crowd into their own stardom fantasies. 

Speaking on the track and video, Pat says: “Titanic kind of feels like a thematic progression from Yesteryear. It’s reflecting on past regrets but instead of Yesteryear where it’s kind of got this hint of optimism to it, ‘Titanic’ is kind of pessimistic with the lyrics ‘you said we’d be okay but I don’t feel that way’. It’s like the moment just before everything spirals downwards. When it came to doing the artwork we ended up using a deep learning AI to generate ideas in collaboration with our artist Charlotte Mei and Creative Director Jordan Kirk, so it’s kind of fitting that we ended up also using deepface AI to deep fake ourselves into the film clip. The outcome was so surreal which kind of works with the times we’re in and the bizarre mood we wanted.”

Expanding on the video, Tim Nathan says, “Initially we were going to have Cos & Pat in the clip but pretty soon it became apparent that it wouldn’t be possible. The clip wouldn’t have made sense without having them in so we dabbled with 3D printed masks, look-alikes etc., and finally landed on deepfaking their faces onto the kids…which ended up being kinda hilarious. It was a classic clip for me to direct because it was so loose – we were literally diving into all these projected ‘subconscious’ versions of the audience, and putting them in those worlds was an experiment in itself. Obviously it’s all open to interpretation but I love the idea that the audience are fantasizing about starring in their own music videos.” 

The release of Titanic follows a string of accolades for the brothers in the past year, most recently seeing their singles Get To Know feat. Winston Surfshirt and History respectively reach career-first ARIA platinum-certificationsPrior, the Sydney duo kicked off 2021 accompanying acts such as DMA’sWinston Surfshirt and Tones And I for Wollongong’s Yours & Owls Festival, where their new live show debuted on the festival stage. They next dropped the heavily teased ‘Yesteryear’ (Remix Album). Exquisitely mirroring the original record, the remix project presents a collage of genre with artists like RIMONHONNEFriendly FiresOmar SEmma-Jean ThackrayHot 8 Brass Band and more bringing forth their own twists on each album track.

Speaking on the project, Cosmo’s Midnight say: “It’s been such an experience hearing from all these incredible artists from such diverse backgrounds and genres re-interpret our music and pull them into completely new sonic spaces. We draw inspiration as writers from so many different areas so It’s been super gratifying to mirror that variety with this collection of remixes.”

Since making their widely appraised 2018 debut, ‘What Comes Next’,Cosmo’s Midnight have enjoyed a meteoric rise with no signs of slowing down. The multi-instrumentalist, songwriting and production act’s 2020 sophomore body of work, ‘Yesteryear’ cemented years of honing their sonic identity, coming to form as a multi-faceted live artist project. The 12-track, triple j Feature Album saw praise from NMERolling StoneGQMTV, community radio stations and more, and was also followed by the duo’s collaboration with South Korean pop supergroup BTS on their own album track, Fly To My Room. With over 315 million global streams accumulated across streaming platforms, Cosmo’s Midnight have basked in the opportunity to grace the stages of St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Listen Out, Splendour in the Grass, and sold out headline shows in the US, Asia, UK and Europe as well as major Australian venues, including the iconic Sydney Opera House

With their evolving sound and perseverance in exploring new directions, Cosmo’s Midnight have shaped a reputation as one of Australia’s most exciting live acts, with Titanic marking a new chapter and just a taste of more to come from the powerhouse act.


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With thanks to Thinking Loud

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