Fresh off the buzz from their highly buzzed remix album for Yesteryear, Cosmo’s Midnight today return to share their new scintillating single and video, “Titanic”, out via Sony Music (Australia), RCA Records (USA) & Black Butter Records (UK).
Opening with glittery chords and a pulsating bassline, “Titanic” builds on their distinctive sound with a fusion of funk and house, in the process linking up with APRA award-winning and ARIA-nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist, Louis Schoorl (5 Seconds of Summer, Girls' Generation, M-Phazes). The uplifting sonic canvas is rich with guitars, shimmering synths and a classic four on the floor drum pattern, as Pat’s dynamic falsettos bridge a juxtaposition of dejected lyrics on past regrets, signalling an evolution from last year’s LP. Today's accompanying video sees the pair in a school-aged talent show. Directed by Tim Nathan, Cosmo and Pat's faces become superimposed on two tracksuit-clad stars, whose impromptu dance moves slowly lure a crowd into their own stardom fantasies.
Speaking on the track and video, Pat says: “‘Titanic’ kind of feels like a thematic progression from Yesteryear. It’s reflecting on past regrets but instead of Yesteryear where it’s kind of got this hint of optimism to it, ‘Titanic’ is kind of pessimistic with the lyrics ‘you said we’d be okay but I don’t feel that way’. It’s like the moment just before everything spirals downwards. When it came to doing the artwork we ended up using a deep learning AI to generate ideas in collaboration with our artist Charlotte Mei and Creative Director Jordan Kirk, so it’s kind of fitting that we ended up also using deepface AI to deep fake ourselves into the film clip. The outcome was so surreal which kind of works with the times we’re in and the bizarre mood we wanted."
Expanding on the video, Tim Nathan says, "Initially we were going to have Cos & Pat in the clip but pretty soon it became apparent that it wouldn't be possible. The clip wouldn't have made sense without having them in so we dabbled with 3D printed masks, look-alikes etc., and finally landed on deepfaking their faces onto the kids...which ended up being kinda hilarious. It was a classic clip for me to direct because it was so loose - we were literally diving into all these projected 'subconscious' versions of the audience, and putting them in those worlds was an experiment in itself. Obviously it's all open to interpretation but I love the idea that the audience are fantasizing about starring in their own music videos."