"Songs for Healing is a certain Mr Kosmonaut Man asking the stars for some help in healing his daughter, who recently got leukemia and is being saved by the best dad in the world, making the most difficult music in the world (possibly) to do so. This is the second thing I’ve seen in her benefit from Kosmo, so I think he knows what he’s doing.
Every time I see the name Kosmonaut I always think deep kosmische kraut
psych synth music. Lots of fizzy held synth chords, lots of echo, lots
of stupid noodling. But it’s always surprising when a brilliant fuzzy
wall of textured sampling madness enters my ear cans, making the
majority of ‘cosmic’ music look completely earthly in comparison. It’s
out there, but doesn’t fall into most of the cliches of out-there
electronic music, featuring fragile crumbly textures, dense fuzzed-out
melodies, and even some quietly rhythmic elements. Oh, and some totally
overwhelming dissonance too, but at least that’s reserved for a few
choice moments. Very good tape.
If you’re interested, his daughter has a blog where she just chats and
stuff, eventually confronting the meaning of life in this little excerpt
I’ll leave you with: “Then’s there’s my big life question hmm … that’s a
toughie I’ve got to say it’s What’s the meaning of life? So that’s it
Bye for now!” - Amazing." - Norman Records, 2016.
"The massive engines are tuned on for this ground vibrating drone burner
by Kösmonaut. Processional percussion amid a fanfare of horns. The
towering wall of noise pushing all sounds to extreme points of distance.
An alien entourage of music is then drummed forth among harmonic
Songs for Healing tackles a half an hour divided among eight numbered
tracks. Patrick R. Pärk who is Kösmonaut, is simply a huge weight of
aural pressure. Rumbling thought, flattening the sound space, then wise
enough to let all things grow again. The second side of this cassette
only exists as counterpoint to the first. The time comes when all
complex processes, either natural or man made, end. Rebuilding occurs
and is done beautifully well. Mr. Pärk hovers between extremes, in a
protected alcove as the wind sweeps the outside wastelands. The listener
sitting along side has the opportunity to discover their own sound
vista as their ears gather the emitted vibrations. Tones are somehow
majestically sparse at times, crafted from the talented offering of
Patrick's skill. This beauty marches away on the last track allowing the
tape to reverse and Kösmonaut to enter again.
This Kösmonaut release is out on the label These Are Not Records. This
release and the preceding cassette titled Master Generator are both
dedicated to Patrick R. Pärk's daughter Sevigny Aislin Pärk.
She has a blog you can check out and see how much love is in the Park
family. You can also find a write up of Master Generator on the label A
Giant Fern here.
Order a copy from These Are Not Records out of Scarsdale, New York.
There is also one copy left on the Kösmonaut bandcamp page. Either way
this is a very good composition and These Are Not Records artwork and
packaging is beautiful. " - Lost In A Sea of Sound, 2016
"Deep Distance is a
side-label set up by Great Pop Supplement head honcho Dom as an outlet
for his love of all things krauty and kosmische. The packaging is
super minimal, in homage to Conrad Schnitzler’s mid-’70s private press
series, with the outer cover and stickers all being plain blue and all
the information coming in the form of multiple inserts of varying
shapes and sizes. This LP is the label’s inaugural release, and is a
suitably pumping and motorik piece of kraut drone tastiness that’s
totally absorbing and is making me lose track of time (not the best
thing to happen right in the middle of the Christmas rush when there’s a
hundred things that need doing around the office). This monotonous
mechanical chugging is the brainchild of Patrick R Park, whose ability
to craft organic sounding pulsating loops of futuristic synth is not to
be underestimated. For me this release is as textbook an example of the
more techno-inflected side of modern kraut as CAVE’s ‘Neverendless’ is
of its rockier side. Right on the button. This is a run of 250 so it’s
the usual you snooze you lose situation." - Mike at Norman Records
"Wow! This first installment on Great Pop Supplement's new imprint Deep
Distance is one hell of a release to get things rolling. If they keep
pumping out this kind of quality we're all looking to get some serious
tunes coming our way. "Kosmonaut 1" is filled with dark and hazy synth
glimmer that melds in and out of ambient washes and motorik chatter.
Along with the usual suspects as and influence on this kind of thing
we're hearing hints of some Phillip Glass arpeggiations upping the
tension and giving way to trance inducing hypnosis. Nothin' but
synth-strumental glory here to lift you into the cosmos to ride along
the rings of Saturn." - Permanent Records