Mondo Cozmo - Plastic Soul (2017)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | 00:39:18 | 90.39 Mb
Indie Rock | Country: USA (Los Angeles, CA) | Label: Republic Records
Los Angeles-based Joshua Ostrander has knocked around in obscure bands since 2000 but it is under the solo guise of Mondo Cozmo that he is finally building up a head of steam. Preceded by the single “Shine”, which topped Billboard’s dismayingly named Adult Alternative chart, Plastic Soul is a neatly engineered but dispiriting act of musical bait-and-switch. Songs advertise their indie credentials with echoes of The National, The Pixies and Beck only to turn into galloping modern-rock anthems, all straining vocals, big chants and artfully disheveled production. Ostrander throws himself into it with vim but his mannerisms grate, including grandstanding impersonations of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.