“Red Cosmos is the solo project of Kim Tortoise. Kim Tortoise was previously in The Gods Themselves, a band who recorded two cassettes of novelty tunes and seven-minute sonic guitar fade-outs. They garnered very fleeting interest from Mike Alway. After a short spell playing in a band whose entire lyrical output consisted of David Icke quotes, Kim went solo. He is now located in York (UK) where he can invariably be found hanging out at the school gates foisting limited edition Red Cosmos CD`s on disinterested mothers. In a strange reversal of fortune, the Red Cosmos song `Son of Morris` was voted in to the legendary Festive Fifty (at that all-important number 45 slot) having been played by Andrew Morrison on his wonderful Dandelion Radio show. He also recorded a session for the show, thus fulfilling two of his teenage dreams. The one about Jane Birkin will have to wait”.
A pleasant surprise and easily the quirkiest album release i`ve received so far this year. The 13 track release is eccentric to put it mildly, wonderful real life scenarios are lyrically understated among the dizzy drum loops, harmonious choirs and psychedelic sampling – Kim Tortoise seems to comfortably acknowledge the term `less is more` with fascinating results. ‘There and Back’ comes minus government health warnings, so mysterious headaches from this electronically driven Psychedelic Trip-Pop are your own responsibility, the side affects are progressively symphonic and spiritually armed with the DNA of a rare conceptual sixties groove. Red Cosmos has side stepped the genres with visionary Lo-Fi Electronica and charming narration, Kim`s intriguing style of songwriting sits perfectly within this sonic collage, his airy excursions into a populist landscape make it impossible not to brandish a broad smile.
The new 13-track Red Cosmos album `There And Back` is now available on CD and as a Free Download from the Red Cosmos Bandcamp Page. Just help to spread the word around, love can be contagious.