Cosmo Sheldrake is pleased to share his incredible video for single ‘Pliocene’. Filmed just outside Barcelona, Sheldrake takes part in a Hot Air Balloon festival – and performs the song thousands of feet in the air, overlooking the beautiful landscapes of the city.
Discussing the making of the video, Sheldrake offered the following;
“I am very grateful to have worked with Orban Wallace from Gallivant films who directed this video. We filmed it the morning after England were kicked out of the World Cup, which certainly changed the tone of our day. We watched the match in a strange truck stop on the side of the motorway on the outskirts of Igualada, where the balloon convention was happening, and an hour outside of Barcelona. We were due to arrive at the field that we were going to take off from at 6 am, and awoke at 5 a.m to a big thunderstorm. By the time we arrived at the field and the sun had risen the worst of the storm had passed and we had to wait a couple of hours for the last of the ominous clouds to blow away. Eventually we were given the green light and began loading the gear into the balloon. From there on everything ran fairly smoothly apart from one of the camera men who was in a different balloon crash landing into some trees on his way down with a fairly young pilot at the helm.”
The ‘Pliocene’ video is shared alongside Sheldrake’s most extensive touring period to date, as he takes his critically acclaimed debut album The Much Much How How & I on the road in the UK and Europe, including a fast-selling landmark date at London’s new opened venue EartH in November.
Cosmo Sheldrake’s debut album The Much Much How How and I was written under the influence of a diverse group of musicians – ranging from Flying Lotus and Tom Ze to Moondog and Stravinsky – and shaped by Sheldrake’s study of anthropology at the University of Sussex, his long standing interest in ethnomusicology and a trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
He grew up surrounded by both music and a deep understanding and fascination with the natural world. His father, Rupert Sheldrake, is a biologist who comes from a long line of church organists. His grandmother was a concert pianist and his mother, Jill Purce, inspired a revival of group chant, teaches Mongolian overtone chanting and spent four years working with the avant-garde German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen – which meant that from an early age Sheldrake was introduced to a whole world of unconventional music.
By the age of four he was playing classical piano, at seven he had moved on to playing New Orleans-style blues and boogie-woogie and by 15, he was studying minimalism and using Logic to program drums and beats.
He has composed music for a series of Samuel Beckett plays at the Young Vic and for Relax & Dream, a project which brought bringing soothing music and nature videos to children in hospital and hospices. Throughout his career, Sheldrake has been fascinated by sound collection and field-recordings. In 2013, he gave a Tedx talk entitled ‘Interspecies Collaboration’ during which he created a symphony of sounds featuring the sun and British birds in collaboration with his own vocal improvisation. In 2017, he composed the soundtrack for ‘Moving Art’, a Netflix nature series in which filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg explores the beauty of oceans, forests, deserts and flowers.
The ‘Pliocene’ video is shared alonGside Sheldrake’s most extensive touring period to date, as he takes ‘The Much Much How How & I’ on the road in the UK and Europe, including a landmark date at London’s new opened venue EartH in November.
Full UK/European dates
23 Nov. at Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen in Leeds, UK
24 Nov. at Now Wave Venue in Manchester, UK
28 Nov. at Komedia Brighton in Brighton, UK
29 Nov. at EartH (Hackney Arts Centre) in London, UK
5 Dec. at Badaboum in Paris, France
15 Jan. at Orpheum in Graz, Austria
16 Jan. at Rockhouse in Salzburg, Austria
17 Jan. at Conrad Sohm in Dornbirn, Austria
19 Jan. at Ottakringer Brauerei in Vienna, Austria
12 Feb. at Merleyn in Nijmegen, Netherlands
13 Feb. at Kleine Zaal, Paard Van Troje in The Hague, Netherlands
14 Feb. at Paradiso Kleine Zaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
15 Feb. at TRIX Centrum voor Muziek in Borgerhout, Belgium