ALBUM REVIEW: Cosmo Jarvis “Think Bigger”

Cosmo Jarvis may have mellowed from the brash boy that unleashed the unforgettable but sadly overlooked “Humasyouhitch/Sonofabitch” back in 2009 but he has far from lost his musical capability. While there may be less of the toilet humour and teenage crassness on display, album number 3, “Think Bigger” is lyrically diverse, leapfrogging from the seriously sincere to the seriously funny, all the while demonstrating that Jarvis has not lost his ability for self expression and social observation.

At its most bizarre “Think Bigger” channels alt rock in the strangely compelling roaring rawk of “Sunshine” to the whimsicality of “Tell Me Who To Be” providing proof that Jarvis should be far from contained in the jar labelled singer/songwriter.

Yet as a singer/songwriter it is in his tender reflection that sets his aside from the pack. The heartbreaking “Girl From My Village” is simple but touching in both its lyrical and sonic composition, while the country tinged “My Own Thing” stands out from the pack as the hummable radio friendly fodder-which is far from a composition.

While part of you will crave for the blunt directness of Jarvis’ earlier outings, after a few listens it is beyond clear that the matured artist is a far more exciting and enticing prospect.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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VIDEO: Cosmo Jarvis “Love This”

Innovative, adventurous and amusing artist Cosmo Jarvis has been a firm favourite of The Kaje since the launch of his tongue in cheek 2009 debut “Humasyouhitch/Sonofabitch”. Having finally followed this last year with the release of the more commercial, but equally cheeky “Is The World Strange Or Am I Strange?”, Jarvis is set for the big time. Having taken time out to work of his debut film, Jarvis has found time to head into the studio and record latest single “Love This”. With a stonking music video to accompany, which sees Jarvis is a somewhat revealing devil suit, it seems Jarvis is back and naughtier than before. Brilliant.

The Kaje’s Top 20 Singles 2011!!!!

The charts have been inundated with stellar singles this year, so rather than waste time making small talk about tracks, we have decided to simply let the music do the talking this time around – no need for us to justify our selections. So here goes our 20-1 countdown…

20.  Jess Hall Band – Play Shy

19. Cosmo Jarvis – Gay Pirates

18. Demi Lovato – Skyscraper

17. Bright Light Bright Light – Disco Moment

16. Radio Star – A Common Tale

15. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – We Found Love

14. Nicola Roberts – Beat Of My Drum

13. Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)

12. Ed Sheeran – Lego House

11. Boy In A Box -Glitter, Gold, Ruin

10. Owl Eyes – Raiders 

9. Rebecca Ferguson – Nothing’s Real But Love

8. Kal Lavelle – The Ocean

7. Agnes Obel – Brother Sparrow

6. Gotye ft. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know

5. Wynter Gordon – Buy My Love

4. The Good Natured – Skeleton

3. Britney Spears – Till The World Ends

2. Lana Del Rey – Video Games

1. Adele – Someone Like You

WIN!! Signed Cosmo Jarvis Albums!!

Cosmo Jarvis has this year gone from being a talked about potential star to a fully fledged, fully rounded celebrated talent. With “Gay Pirates” having proved a talking point, the Devonshire lads second album “Is The World Strange Or Am I Strange?” has more than highlighted his versatility and capability. While his own material has won him admirers, here at The Kaje we are also lovers of his unique covers… So, in order to get your hands on a signed copy of his second album, simply email Jeremy@the-kaje.com and tell us what track Cosmo covered when headed Down Under and appeared on Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’… Competition closes Friday 2nd December.

The Kaje Sessions: Cosmo Jarvis

The Kaje Sessions presents Cosmo Jarvis. When Harrison Cosmo Krikoryan Jarvis released his debut album “Humasyouhitch/Sonofabitch” back in 2009, it was immediately apparent that the Wall Of Sound signing was not an artist who would be easily placed into a box. His debut album crossed genres and allowed Jarvis to build a fanbase for both his musical aptitude, but also his filmic creativity. Having recently released his sophomore LP, “Is The World Strange or Am I Strange?” to critical acclaim, Jarvis is back at home in Devon editing his debut feature “The Naughty Room”. But just because he is busy working away in the editing suite, it does not mean Jarvis doesn’t have time to come out and play. While we have already awarded his current single “She Doesn’t Mind” with Single of the Week status, Jarvis lets us in to his sensitive side with this gentle take on “Saturday”…

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

My living type room/excuse for a studio type area in Paignton, Devon.

What made you choose to use this location?

It is where my recording equipment is and it was already set up because I’m recording a bunch of other shit at the moment for the next album.

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

The pub shed in Dagenham. It’s some friends of mine who wanted a house party gig. So we turned up and they had a fucking pub in their garden, inside a garden shed. Amazing folks. It was properly built and everything with like pub ornaments everywhere and a bar and beer and an area for us to play.

What made you choose “Saturday” for the session?

Tired of playing my other stock acoustic session type songs. How many times can a person play “Gay Pirates” and not want to rip their own oesophagus out. And also because “Saturday” is kind of better for acoustic type deals anyway. You know? Being fairly minimal and all that.

Single Of The Week: Cosmo Jarvis “She Doesn’t Mind”

Cosmo Jarvis is a multi-talented man who first came to The Kaje’s attention with his single “She’s Got You” from his under-appreciated debut album “Humasyouhitch/Sonofabitch”. However, when he returned this year with the irrepressible “Gay Pirates” from sophomore release “Is The World Strange or Am I Strange?”, he found himself the subject of some much needed debate. Finally getting the exposure he deserves, here at The Kaje we think “She Doesn’t Mind” may just be Jarvis at his best yet…

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