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Cosmic Call


Published August 17, 2009

Cold Hands, the track, introduces matters and sounds like Cosmic Call have collectively eaten a bunch of U2 and Kings Of Leon albums and recorded their subsequent vomiting session. That alone pretty much guarantees it’s gonna be their signature tune and a huge hit. It’s obvious that the Akranes quintet are adept indie-epic songwriters with more than a hint of Angels & Airwaves about them—It’s OK, for one, could easily be from i-Empire. The Cure’s influence is prominent on the Love Cats-y workout Lightbulbs and the Cosmics delve into their Police catalogue for inspiration to the verses of Hangin’ On before going all shoegaze on our asses. Owls, meanwhile, displays a terser side to the band, a downbeat focus that reaches its zenith on the all-too-short Rhodes-jacked, bluesy Richard Ashcroft-ism of Fallin’—the lone violin plaintive in counterpoint to Sigurmon’s defeated vocal which is less cosmic than contemplative.

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