Cos – ‘Grace’
Hailing from the USA, musician Cos has released the stunning album ‘Grace’. It is an alternative-rock release that you need to hear this Spring.
‘The Greatest Gift’ opens the release to a gorgeously played solo piano. Slowly the instrumentation grows, and Cos’s characterful and charismatic vocals take the reins of the song. It is a 9 minute track that takes the listener on a journey.
The title track ‘Grace’ is a beautiful song filled with memorable melodies and gorgeous harmonies. It is a solo piano track that needs to be heard to be fully appreciated.
In addition, ‘Salt Hay’ is a standout song with gorgeous chordal progressions and punchy percussion; they lay the solid foundations for Cos’s relatable vocals to ring out.
We enjoyed ‘Next Time I’m In Town’. It is a rock song filled with heart and the layered vocals inject vivid colour into the piece. Finally, ‘Resurrection Coda’ closes the release and Cos will have you reaching for the repeat button.
Cos says about his musical journey, “After developing an interest in the piano at the age of 13 and studying privately with a student of the legendary jazz great, Lenny Tristano, I studied classical music theory for four years in high school and continued this training at Five Towns College majoring in composition and piano.”
Cos cites his influences as coming from artists such as Yes, Kansas, Genesis, and Todd Rundgren (Utopia). We can hear these muses coming through on ‘Grace’, but Cos is making music all of his own, and he stands shoulder to shoulder with any of these artists.
Previously, Cos released his debut album ‘The Turning Around’ in 2002 and the follow-up, self-titled album ‘Cos’ in 2016. After hearing this latest album, ‘Grace’ (released in 2021), we can not wait to check out Cos’s back catalogue too.
One thing is for sure; Cos is an artist who is continually pushing boundaries and innovating the genre. We are big fans of ‘Grace’ and thoroughly recommend adding it to your new music playlist this week. You will not be disappointed!
FVMusicBlog April 2022
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