So I was reading Le Pop Club’s bio of Cosmic Fields – it says “blending Argentinian rock, nocturnal groove and space pop, Cosmic Fields are always looking for something new and try not to have a precise genre. Three outlanders explore distant horizons, embracing the psychedelic sounds of their ancestors “. Argentinean rock – isn’t that just random? Mind you, pretty SWIT in fairness. Here’s our interview with these Swiss genre-benders. Their new album will be out in a matter of week – you gotta love them because they’ve got the groove. NOW. The NOW groove.
Tell me a bit about the history and evolution of Cosmic Fields?
We started rehearsing 3 years ago, and we’ve been playing many gigs in Geneva and around. Our first album was recorded last year in a quite small studio in Geneva. Initially playing “Garage”-influenced tunes, we then transitionned into a more pop style, having listened to bands such as Kurt Vile, Connan Mockasin, Pond, etc. The album comes out in September on Le Pop Club Records. We really look forward to it !
Are the songs you write a group effort and if so do you always agree on musical direction?
It’s never entirely a group effort because we usually come up with ideas individually, each of us brings his personnal proposition to make it evolve. Therefore, the final product sounds better than how it initially was imagined. We always have a general agreement on the direction the song is taking.
What is your favourite song/piece of music that you’ve written and why?
A new composition, “Dans Un Jardin Anglais”. More complex, it’s the one that represents our new atmosphere best.
How do you know when a tune you’ve written is complete?
We never know. We always leave the door open to further modifications. However, we always make sure that it’s comfortable to play them live. Also, sometimes we just feel the need to move on and leave the song how it is.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
Definitely “Weekend Wars” by MGMT. It’s just like coffee: Simple, however, complex.
What musicians have been your biggest influence and in what way?
Kevin Parker. He takes pop music from the 60’s and creates something entirely new.
Name some songs that make you happy and why do they have that effect?
For the groove, “Bairraag Dance Music” by Kalyanji Anandji, “It Ain’t No Use” by The Meters, and for the melancholy “Let Her Go” by Mac DeMarco.
Name some of your favourite records
“If Only I Could Remember My Name” By David Crosby, “Caravanserai” by Carlos Santana, “Pet Sounds” by The Beach Boys, “Premiers Symptômes” by Air and “Mecca & The Soul Brother” by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth.
What is the best new band that you’ve heard recently?
Chris Cohen and Ryley Walker.
What’s your favourite radio station?
Depending on the time, “Zone 93.8” and obviously KEXP.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Albert: “Waking On A Pretty Day” by Kurt Vile.
Sébastien: “One Way Glass” aka the Téléfoot song, by Manfred Mann.
Alain: “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath.
Who would you like to tour with?
What’s next for Cosmic Fields?
A French tour in September, and a second album to be recorded soon.