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Cosmonox is a music duo from Portland, Oregon. Using analog sampling devices, tape decks, drum machines and home-made synthesizers, Cosmonox creates dub influenced instrumental grooves. The music is mixed live, resulting in unpredictable yet familiar remixes of their songs. Jake Anderson plays the Keytar and the Language Master analog sampler. Jason Ferris plays the four-track cassette recorder and homemade synthesizers.
The Vardaman Ensemble play post-no, faux soundtracks.
The project of longtime Portland songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alison Dennis, Dr. Something uses imaginative instrumental and vocal textures alongside humorous, emotionally trenchant lyrics to create engaging chamber pop that blurs the line between art and novelty. Filling out the band’s sound are dynamic drummer Michael Wilding, intrepid bass guitarist Jacob Anderson and, on special occasions, the back-up singing, go-go dancing sensations Amy Baxter, Erika Garlock and Christie Welsh. RIYL: Nellie McKay, John Grant, Belle & Sebastian, The Zombies
Dr. Something’s latest EP, The Transit Suite, released on September 27th, 2019, is a series of 5 musical vignettes about Portland-area transit centers inspired by Alison’s experiences of local transit centers, and the beauty, struggles, and emotions of everyday life commuting via mass transit. Featuring woodwinds, piano, guitar, bass, vocal harmonies, drums and violins, it’s a miniature symphony about daily banality, unexpected social intersections, climate change, and the importance of public space and services.