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by Graham Costello

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rvss.eel If there were a whole album of songs like this, it would easily be one of the best albums of the year, just as Obelisk was in 2019, only better. Still, it's a top track of 2020, and possibly the heaviest jazz song I've heard. Listen to the drums break out of the gate and bang, bang, bang away until finally easing to chill with everyone else. And that breakdown at the end... headbangers everywhere should be very satisfied.
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Lewa Wow. In general, I am cautious about the label post-anything and sometimes biased against stuff tagged as such.

Buuuut post-genre is a genius tag that describes this to a T.

Hoping for a new full-length album soon.
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"Cygnus" is a one-off single by Glaswegian post-genre artist Graham Costello, with his band STRATA.

Described by The Times as “thrilling” and Jazzwise as “ones to watch”, Graham and the group have gained acclaim in Scotland and abroad through their innovative blend of jazz, progressive rock, and minimalism.

His first release of 2020 is Cygnus, a 10 minute aural assault which builds into a polyrhythmic eruption of heady guitar lines and Zeppelin horn blasts, underscored throughout by head-spinning drum patterns.

Graham Costello is a composer, arranger, and masterful drummer, who, alongside leading STRATA, powers the drums behind rising Scottish collective corto.alto and doom-jazz trio AKU. Graham’s hard-working, DIY approach to music-making has helped put Glasgow’s buzzing, independent music scene on the map.


released February 14, 2020
Graham Costello - drums, composition, arrangement
Harry Weir - tenor saxophone
Liam Shortall - trombone
Fergus McCreadie - piano
Joe Williamson - guitar
Mark Hendry - electric bass

Engineered by Hugh Padgham at Bryan Ferry's Studio One


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Graham Costello Glasgow, UK


I love minimalism, noisy stuff, and jazz. I write music inspired by all three.

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