Cosmic Contact was formed in Miami, FL in 2016 from members of The Atlas Complex, Nixa, Secret Arms, Dead Lions and Monarchs. They have been in the studio off and on for over a year crafting and finalizing this EP and future releases.
Their four-track debut EP entitled Origins: Part One certainly leaves the listener eager for part two. It opens with a song called “Galaxy Clouds’” which is a title that aptly describes the contents of the song within. A beautiful soundscape is driven by a soaring ambient noise that swells into the depths of outer space. I felt my eyes slowly drifting closed, and I eagerly prepared myself for what was coming next. The opener is only two minutes in length, and it’s more of an introductory piece to the following three tracks. I suppose most opening tracks are an introduction, but Cosmic Contact takes that idea very literally. Still, it’s not filler in the slightest. It’s a beautiful piece; guitar swells and reverberates menacingly but in an entirely soothing sense. It’s a slow build, as synthetic and electric sounds far in the distant are barely audible. The track closes with the countdown sample of a rocket launch and a reverberating electric guitar arpeggio which echoes into infinity. The sound grows, and I anticipate an explosion.
The title-track proves that the soothing nature of the opener was entirely deceptive with regards to what was going to follow. Curveballs are always exciting from an artist, and this was one of the best curveballs on an indie record that I can remember. “Origins” opens with an absolutely brutal bass riff, crashing drums and vocals screeching in a very Incubus or Tool-esque fashion. The harmonizing was nice too, although it worked better at some moments than others. What captivated me was the rhythm of the track and the raw passion of the lead vocals as he sings, “I do what want because I’m free.” There’s such a power to the sound of Cosmic Contact, and you wouldn’t be able to guess that from their soothing opener. Of course, there are still elements of soothing melody to their sound on this track, but it’s packaged in a different way; reverberating vocals are matched with brutally distorted guitar and an infectious bass guitar that’s put very high in the mix (but it totally works). It’s rare for a band to prioritize the bass in a track, but their sound definitely benefits from it.
“Big Blue’” is driven by a big ole distorted bluesy guitar riff. A slowly chugging beat and vocals accompany this sound yet again. While I describe the song as blues, I’d say this falls into the alternative blues genre. The distortion is grunge-fueled, and the vocals are far sweeter and more powerful than classic blues songs. Yet again, Cosmic Contact has proved the versatility of their sound here. This was probably my favorite track.
All in all, I did enjoy this sound. I think Cosmic Contact will continue to grow, and I look forward to them doing so. The ambient elements of their sound and their infectious rhythms carry them further than their influences, but they need to carry on carving out a unique and individual sound for themselves.
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