UK artist Mosa Wild released the first single in a spate of new records coming this year with Glassnote Records. Produced with Ben Baptie of Rex Orange County, the song is about when things change and everything is undetermined. About being lost in limbo and flailing, hovering in a sorry state of semi permanence, the song is a sign of the times.
“Cry Baby” was written during the first lockdown in 2020,” said Mosa Wild. “It was the first exercise for us in working totally remotely, emailing files back and forth to each other, using Zoom, WhatsApp and voice notes more than we ever have done before! Once we were allowed to, we took them into Strongroom studios with Ben Baptie (The Strokes, Rex Orange County) to get them mixed and finished off. We’re very happy with how they came out.”
The release was accompanied by a video that was directed and filmed by the band who taught themselves Final Cut Pro to make it. A DIY project for DIY times.
Watch the video below.
The band’s first EP was a persuasive introduction that was melody-rich, teeming with heart, and harnessing its fair share of bold, powerful and atmospheric anthems.
The stories of lockdown are now ten-a-penny. Mosa Wild should be out on the road, honing their craft and picking up fans. They’ve had some experience of it already, touring with Maggie Rogers, Tame Impala, and label mate Jade Bird. But now, like all of us, they are stuck at home contemplating things that were previously thrown to the side.
During this time, the four-piece has been building their second upcoming EP.
The new songs find a template through vocalist, lyricist, and songwriter Jim Rubaduka’s penchant for time, space, patience and melody. The forthcoming new recordings aren’t as frenetic as the band’s opening salvo, but it’s fitting for these stranger times. Reflective and considered.
“Cry Baby looks at how the nature of life isn’t permanence but flux,” Rubaduka said. “I think we all might have a complicated relationship with change, it’s either something we welcome or dread. I’ve always been fascinated with our reaction to change and the constant push and pull between wanting things to go back to how they were, stay the same or change.”
The loose theme of tender moments for troubled times fits all the songs throughout the EP. Three of the tracks act as a notable and timely reset to a new year.
While, it’s difficult to predict what 2021 has in store, Mosa Wild has been using their time at home to prepare for the year ahead. They shared with Beyond the Stage what these plans look like.
“Really, for us, 2021 is all about getting as much music out into the world as possible. Obviously, the live scene is pretty much non-existent currently and we would love to see a return to that, but in the meantime we are just concentrating on releasing as much music and content as possible! We have been hosting Mosa Wild Community Calls via Zoom with a small number of our fans each week, and it’s been really great to connect with the people that listen to our music in new and exciting ways. So, we will continue making music and doing that for now. “
If you’re stuck in a confusing state where you don’t know what to do, “Cry Baby” is the perfect song to listen to. Mosa Wild’s music acts as a refuge for those who are stuck in a state of unknowing and questioning what’s ahead. Make sure to remember their name this year and the years to follow.
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