Cosmo Sheldrake reaches new heights in Pliocene video

Cosmo Sheldrake has released his highest-flying effort yet, as he performs Pliocene from a hot air balloon.

The Pliocene video is shared alongside Sheldrake’s most extensive touring period to date, as he takes his critically acclaimed debut album The Much Much How How & I on the road in the UK and Europe, including a fast-selling landmark date at London’s new opened venue EartH in November. Get tickets here, and see full dates beneath the video.

Of the video, Cosmo says "Here is a live session of Pliocene, performed in a hot air balloon just outside Barcelona. It is a song about deep time and extinction. Many of the sounds that make up the tune are recordings of animals from endangered ecosystems. The beat is primarily made using recordings of fish that the American military made during the cold war. The kick drum is an Oyster Toad Fish, and the snare a Buck Toothed Parrot Fish—both fish that are commonly found in coral reefs. And the main melodic sound is a recording of a raven recorded by the soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause in Algonquin National Park in Canada. Bernie Krause has spent the last 50 years recording sounds from all over the world; many of the inhabitants of the ecosystems he has recorded are now extinct or endangered. The bass is made of a recording of a pig from a city farm in London."

Watch the video below.

UK and EU tour dates:

  • 23 Nov. at Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen in Leeds, UK
  • 24 Nov. at Now Wave Venue in Manchester, UK
  • 28 Nov. at Komedia Brighton in Brighton, UK
  • 29 Nov. at EartH (Hackney Arts Centre) in London, UK
  • 5 Dec. at Badaboum in Paris, France
  • 15 Jan. at Orpheum in Graz, Austria
  • 16 Jan. at Rockhouse in Salzburg, Austria
  • 17 Jan. at Conrad Sohm in Dornbirn, Austria
  • 19 Jan. at Ottakringer Brauerei in Vienna, Austria
  • 12 Feb. at Merleyn in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • 13 Feb. at Kleine Zaal, Paard Van Troje in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 14 Feb. at Paradiso Kleine Zaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 15 Feb. at TRIX Centrum voor Muziek in Borgerhout, Belgium


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