On Kosoti’s newest single “Gone Too Far” (to be released April 27 and produced by Adrian Hall), lead singer and songwriter Allan Hyslop sings about relationship regrets, about how sometimes a situation goes too far to return to the way things were. The music, centered around the soft organic sounds of acoustic guitar, banjo, tightly knitted percussion and vocal harmonies that drift and dance around each other, creates a dreamy and wistful contemplation that perfectly complements the subject matter.
The seeds for Kosoti were sown in 2013 when Hyslop had a near death experience. Understandably, he realized at that moment the importance of doing what he loved, which was writing music, performing and connecting with people. The band was formed, releasing their first songs, “War” and “Pirouettes,” and their debut Cradle EP. They’ve performed sessions for Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing and Metro Radio. In 2014, they released their debut full-length album, which featured an artistically crafted video for the second single “Bark and Sticks.”
As I often say, the true test of whether a band “has it” or doesn’t is when the music is stripped-down to its bare essentials. Check out this exclusive acoustic session for Northern Lights, recorded at the Town Wall Pub in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
If you’re in the UK, Kosoti has a few festivals and one club appearance scheduled in the upcoming months. See their website for details (or just look at the photo above).