Cos­mic’s ‘Stars’ is out of this world

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

Melodic Sun­shine’, says it best. Pure summery good­ness.

Af­ter two self-re­leased al­bums put to­gether via a com­mu­nity-funded project in Glas­gow’s Castlemilk hous­ing scheme, the Cos­mic Rough Riders looked to Alan McGee’s new­ly­formed Pop­tones Records for the next step to­wards some well-de­served fame.

The ra­di­ant sounds of ‘En­joy’ (in essence a com­pi­la­tion of those first two ef­forts), along with its chart­dent­ing sin­gle ‘Rev­o­lu­tion (In The Sum­mer­time)’, did in­deed earn the band a sub­stan­tial fol­low­ing, but it also sig­nalled the de­par­ture of co-founder and lead­ing light Daniel Wylie.

Now a three-piece, they car­ried on to pro­duce a fur­ther three re­leases be­fore, ac­cord­ing to their of­fi­cial web­site, tak­ing a well-earned hia­tus. sep­a­rat­ing ‘ETMS’ and ‘Stars’ is min­i­mal, if it ex­ists at all.

The trade­mark har­monies re­main beau­ti­fully in­tact and, much like its lauded pre­de­ces­sor, ‘Stars’ car­ries more hooks than a yard of Vel­cro.

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