VIDEO PREMIERE: JONNY KOSMO “STRAWBERRY VISION” (F. K.C. RABBIT)
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Jonny Kosmo played bass in Mr. Elevator (and the Brain Hotel) but now he’s stepping out on his own with a new solo album and this adorably surreal new video for his “Strawberry Vision.” It’s got a little Stevie Wonder/Shuggie Otis funk thing happening—Otis did some prominent work with strawberries, too—as well as a winning sense of dynamic and rhythm and speak-shout vocals a la the mighty Annette Peacock by K.C. Rabbit, who makes this already colorful song turn absolutely fluorescent. The Gumbygraphix visuals by Peter Nichols are like a kids show for adults—or for adults who need to feel like kids again—and it all comes together for a last big splash of natural organic sweetness. Says Kosmo:
“This song paints the landscapes of honeyed possibility. I was imagining a story-song / a dreamy nursery tale when I handed the music to my friend Kassie, whose lyrics and music I have long admired. Within hours she returned the tune with the words and strawberry flavor, kid magic dosed with peculiarities. Like a true wizard does Billy McShane appeared with a flute and MIDI sax with some tasteful juice to compliment the funky silk of Aldous RH. Matched with glorious Gracie Jackson harmonies, Miles Wintner’s thick back beat, and the production of Tomas Dolas, this song will bounce you into dreamland. Having Peter Nichols animate this song is such an honor for me. He is a true visual sorcerer of the highest variety.”
“Strawberry Vision” is part of Kosmo’s self-titled album, due out March 1—pre-order here! And he’ll be doing a record release on Feb. 27 with Banny Grove and Julius Smack at the beautiful Ebell Club in Highland Park, the city featured prominently in his last single “Parrots of Highland Park.” (You may be able to spot some actual parrots if you show up at twilight!)