Cosmopolis is not afraid of the heavy. The international collective of musicians — a label that surely comes with challenges, but also an influx of opportunity, especially in the current age — has core members in Australia, Belgium, and England. This spatial diversity perhaps influences the post-punk spaciousness of their music — songs with layered instrumentation and tendril that reach out and towards.
“Sécheresse” is the second in a string of releases scheduled for 2020 and 2021. The track features steady synth sounds and a vocal affectation that breaks into clarity and closeness as you listen. The melody is slow to take shape, though worth it once it does. Ethereal piano delicate lifts the song up and overhead. Think dark wave with a twist.
When the percussion slides in, it is as though the song is suddenly tethered to the concrete earth. “Why do I waste all of my time with you,” Gavin Kendall sings. “I haven’t got forevermore.” The refrain of waiting and wondering blends smoothly with the lingering guitar and elusive-then-not melody. If waiting is our lot of life on earth, then this song longs to drift elsewhere, and vows to take you with it.