Following a series of track releases throughout 2021, Scotland’s multi-talented artist Cyrano has released his Consolations EP, co-produced alongside Foals’ Kit Monteith and Luke Smith (FKA Twigs, Keaton Henson). The concept of this four-track EP arrived from reading Alain de Botton’s book The Consolations of Philosophy, through which Cyrano was struck by the philosopher’s relatable outlook of life’s litany of challenges; from growing old to falling in love to melancholia to anxiety and so on.
From the very start of Cyrano’s EP, we’re dropped into a starlit cityscape; fast-paced and solitary. There’s the cold embrace of metallic electronica contrasted with the artist’s warm voice and entirely human perspective. Weight down by the weight of emotion, the musician rallies against the oncoming tide of beats, synths and samples to push through this metaphorical wave represented of life’s relentless pace.
Without further ado, enjoy ‘Tundra’, ‘Plaster’, ‘Collateral’ and ‘Afterburns’ below.
“Plaster is probably me at my most vulnerable, but I think that’s why it’s one of my favourite songs I’ve written. The first line “Locke halts; he’s got my head in a river drawn out starting to shiver” describes a moment in counselling where I felt completely broken. Locke is someone I owe a lot to for pulling me through, and Plaster is for anyone struggling and an admission of strength through weakness. As difficult as life can feel, there’ll be a moment where you come through, towel dry and seeing the past in hindsight.”
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