Material recorded between February - March 2016.
Digital album released June 2016 and is included with Master Generator release.
Part two of the Kösmonaut "Cancer Tapes" the first of which is Master Generator.
"These Are Not Records is excited to welcome back Colorado synth-voyager Patrick Pärk/ Kösmonaut with a brand new cassette – Songs For Healing. Songs For Healing is a very intimate release. This is an album of intense and occasionally beautiful music created via the process of grief and acceptance. From Kösmonaut himself:
'This release is dedicated to my daughter, Sevigny Aislin Pärk, who was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in late 2015. She’s currently undergoing treatment and hosts her own blog: superseviblog.wordpress.com
. Both Master Generator and Songs for Healing are deeply personal sonic journeys into the human psyche as it struggles to find love in a seemingly empty universe. These are my attempts at dealing with the bullshit of cancer, hope you enjoy.'
Musically, Pärk retains his love of Berlin School synth and progressive electronics but has now incorporated tribal and noise elements as well. As always, a trip to the brain is the first order of business for Pärk, and this album is no different.
Songs For Healing comes in an edition of 75 pro-dubbed, chrome cassettes with download card.
A truncated version of Songs For Healing was previously included as a bonus 3″ cd-r with the Time-Released Sound edition of Master Generator."
A1 / I
A2 / II
A3 / III
A4 / IV
B1 / V
B2 / VI
B3 / VII
B4 / VIII
"Songs for Healing is a certain Mr Kosmonaut Man asking the stars for some help in healing his daughter, who recently got leukemia and is being saved by the best dad in the world, making the most difficult music in the world (possibly) to do so. This is the second thing I’ve seen in her benefit from Kosmo, so I think he knows what he’s doing.
Every time I see the name Kosmonaut I always think deep kosmische kraut psych synth music. Lots of fizzy held synth chords, lots of echo, lots of stupid noodling. But it’s always surprising when a brilliant fuzzy wall of textured sampling madness enters my ear cans, making the majority of ‘cosmic’ music look completely earthly in comparison. It’s out there, but doesn’t fall into most of the cliches of out-there electronic music, featuring fragile crumbly textures, dense fuzzed-out melodies, and even some quietly rhythmic elements. Oh, and some totally overwhelming dissonance too, but at least that’s reserved for a few choice moments. Very good tape.
If you’re interested, his daughter has a blog where she just chats and stuff, eventually confronting the meaning of life in this little excerpt I’ll leave you with: “Then’s there’s my big life question hmm … that’s a toughie I’ve got to say it’s What’s the meaning of life? So that’s it Bye for now!” - Amazing." - Norman Records, 2016.
"The massive engines are tuned on for this ground vibrating drone burner by Kösmonaut. Processional percussion amid a fanfare of horns. The towering wall of noise pushing all sounds to extreme points of distance. An alien entourage of music is then drummed forth among harmonic ambient might.
Songs for Healing tackles a half an hour divided among eight numbered tracks. Patrick R. Pärk who is Kösmonaut, is simply a huge weight of aural pressure. Rumbling thought, flattening the sound space, then wise enough to let all things grow again. The second side of this cassette only exists as counterpoint to the first. The time comes when all complex processes, either natural or man made, end. Rebuilding occurs and is done beautifully well. Mr. Pärk hovers between extremes, in a protected alcove as the wind sweeps the outside wastelands. The listener sitting along side has the opportunity to discover their own sound vista as their ears gather the emitted vibrations. Tones are somehow majestically sparse at times, crafted from the talented offering of Patrick's skill. This beauty marches away on the last track allowing the tape to reverse and Kösmonaut to enter again.
This Kösmonaut release is out on the label These Are Not Records. This release and the preceding cassette titled Master Generator are both dedicated to Patrick R. Pärk's daughter Sevigny Aislin Pärk.
She has a blog you can check out and see how much love is in the Park family. You can also find a write up of Master Generator on the label A Giant Fern here.
Order a copy from These Are Not Records out of Scarsdale, New York. There is also one copy left on the Kösmonaut bandcamp page. Either way this is a very good composition and These Are Not Records artwork and packaging is beautiful. " - Lost In A Sea of Sound, 2016