Summer Long

by MODERN COSMOLOGY

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FORMATS: 10" Maxi-Single [Clear Vinyl] [Numbered Limited Edition of 1000 copies] ➜ On sale clicking here: bit.ly/2pI2tll / Digital Single

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Our beloved Laetitia Sadier is still making great collaborations all over the world, broadening a songbook that is more and more complex but always highly beautiful. Here at Elefant Records we have been lucky to be witnesses to such work, like those with Giorgio Tuma, which were absolutely exquisite, or with Iko Chérie, and which were preceded long before that with appearances with MOUSE ON MARS, THE HIGH LLAMAS, FUGU, COMMON, LUNA, BLUR, ATLAS SOUND and TYLER, THE CREATOR, among many others, in addition to the long list of projects she was fundamental in (STEREOLAB, MONADE, MCCARTHY, UILAB, LAETITIA SADIER SOURCE ENSEMBLE, LITTLE TORNADOS... ). But this collaboration with the Brazilian group MOMBOJÓ, which is what finally brought about this new group called MODERN COSMOLOGY, is different than the rest of the collaborations in a lot of ways. And in order to tell you how this 1000-copy numbered-limited-edition 10” vinyl EP called “Summer Long” came about requires putting several things into context.

MOMBOJÓ started in 2001, in Recife (Pernambuco, Brazil). In 2002, they were already one of the big names on the line-up of the 10th edition of Abril Pro Rock. In 2004 they released their first album, "Nadadenovo", which garnered attention for its influence from the mangue bit movement that started 10 years earlier. In 2006, after signing with the Trama label, they released “Homem-Espuma”. The band won two APCA (Asociación Paulista de Críticos de Arte) awards - in 2004, as the best band in Brazil, and in 2006 as the best album of the year (“Homem-Espuma”). Four years later, they returned to the indie world and released “Amigo Do Tempo”, and then the following year they released a commemorative album for the group’s 10th anniversary called, “11º Aniversário”, in which the band re-recorded some of their work and had Nação Zumbi as guests playing “Justamente”. They collaborated with people like Tom Zé, Fernando Catatau and Andreas Kisser, among others.

In 2012, our story begins. Laetitia Sadier performed in Brazil and met the band members. In a night of tug-of-war with English, the guys from Pernambuco, irredeemable fans of STEREOLAB, pulled a copy of “Homem-Espuma” – their hardest-to-find album - out of their hat (many still say they don’t know where it came from), and gave it to Laetitia to seal the night of magical encounters. Two years later, social media did its thing and worked as a means for the French singer to get in touch with MOMBOJÓ again, and offer them the possibility of singing on one of her songs. The first result, made long-distance, is that dystopian bossa-funk song “Summer Long”, which was released on the Brazilian band’s 2014 album, “Alexandre”.

But it didn’t stop there. There is a special connection between them and a two-week artistic residence in a small house at the Aldeia borough of Recife, was proposed. They took Laetitia there to submerge her in a Brazilian musical environment. Avoiding the cold studio environment, they spend two weeks interacting and communicating and this brought about, almost three years later, the appearance of “Summer Long”, the EP.

The album opens with “C'est Le Vent”, a psychedelic and dreamlike journey that shows clearly the STEREOLAB influence on MOMBOJÓ’s music, but with that elegant, syncopated touch of new-wave Brazilian music. “The Source” is disturbing, perturbing, driven continuously by Laetitia’s brilliant voice and a dirty guitar, and a pop bridge that breaks the song in two is a straight-up wonder, pushing the song toward that chaotic end.

“Power Of Touch” dives head first into bossa-nova territory, where you can see a special connection between the two parts, with their obvious commonalities, though it was a territory that MOMBOJÓ hadn’t entered since their first album, “Nadadenovo”. Excitement, melancholy, and feelings of weightlessness arise on this cosmic bossa-nova close to the early duos of Gal Costa and Caetano Veloso at the end of the 60s. Finally, “The Berlin Friend” closes the release, breaking with all the earlier moods, somewhere between funk impulses and garage accents, with the evocative presence of synthesizers, arriving at an impossible merging of OS MUTANTES, NEU!, and STEREOLAB. Slippery structures, overwhelming fantasy and imagination. Highly suggestive.

This is not going to be the only release we are going to enjoy from MODERN COSMOLOGY, because this project feels like it is in for the long-haul. For now, here at Elefant Records, we are really excited to be able to release this EP for everyone, because it is where all of our passions come together: collaborations, Brazil, bossa-nova, pop, psychedelia, vinyl, and of course, Laetitia Sadier.

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released June 2, 2017

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Track Name: C'est Le Vent
Dans ton regard je lis
La souffrance
Vieille connaissance
L'écharde dans la chair
L'experience douloureuse
Des imperfections qui nous mettent sur la voie
Destinations infinies, des débuts sans fin
Une force supreme
C'est le vent, le grand roi
C'est le vent, c'est le vent qui dicte sa loi
C'est le vent, un allié téméraire
C'est le vent, qu'on ne peut faire taire
C'est le vent, qui murmure sa chanson
Auquel nous nous plions
Les nuages bousculés sont gris
C'est le vent
Track Name: The Source
Bring together myself
Reuniting myself
With my reality
Pieces of which fragmented
Bring together
As many pieces as I can
Human affairs held
(By the) mysterious
Making its way in
Cosmic ideals
Sans a changing line
Isolation
From one's real origin
Reunite myself
To the source
The true object of my inquest
Of my exploration is not understood
I am at odds until I penetrate this mystery
Until (isolation)
I penetrate this
Mystery
(From the source)
So change is life
Myself
The source
Look for the place where all the things originate
Look beyond look at the whole picture
Transcend egotistical involvement
See the whole picture
Where all things originate
The source
Myself
Track Name: Power Of Touch
My skin is deeper than is thought
Depends on the way she is touched
If she's to be touched like a
Thing made void, emptied
Then I will feel flattened
If my skins been touched with tender intent
Then my blood will respond
Vivacious journey
With dedication
Springing like a wild brook
Some hands have appeased and healed me
Turned me into divinity
Singing in tune with primordial nature, in a transcendency
Echoing in the universe
The source, my skin is connectivity
Track Name: The Berlin Friend
I was waiting for you in the morning
The staggeringly clear, the beautiful atmosphere
Alas only the atmosphere was clear
I am waiting for your emotional bellow to withdraw
Watching the birds
Waiting for your emotional bellow to retire

A moment of panic
Made me twiddle with guilt
Would take it no longer
My patience expired
Wanted to take control
Plea with my heart and soul

Todos somos mestres uns dos
Outros nessa caminhada
Cada ser humano, cada alma que vaga
Sentimento aberto
Algo intensamente curioso

You were an impenetrable oyster
As I waited in the staggeringly clear atmosphere
And yet inside of me nothing was clear
An immersion in the remoteness of my
Troubled waters
Boiling to the
Surface, an angry
State I am upset
Very disappointed

My feelings were diffused
My senses were trampled
I've come to put a name
On this massive clampdown
Exploring the path of
My plea
My heart
My soul