Benji Cossa
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27
Benji Cossa @ The Mercury Lounge

New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA

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"His voice is endearing and tuneful and his songs unfailingly hooky...Cossa is a small-scale indie pop treasure" - Tim Sendra,All Music Guide


"His voice is endearing and tuneful and his songs unfailingly hooky...Cossa is a small-scale indie pop treasure" - Tim Sendra,All Music Guide


"Since the mid-90s, Cossa has been steadily releasing albums, appearing on compilations, and collaborating with an array of musicians ranging from members of the Black Dice to Cheeseburger. His latest album, Between the Blue and the Green, is full of low-fi pop pearls that are perfect for summer listening. Songs like “A Rainbow” combine nostalgic song structures with a surprising cornucopia of instruments and Cossa’s pleasing warble. “Sunset” sounds like the most upbeat of Nick Drake songs, only to be followed up with “Tonight” a cricket-filled take on old timey Appalachian music. On top of all this, Cossa’s lyrics will put a smile on your lips," - Deli Magazine


"Since the mid-90s, Cossa has been steadily releasing albums, appearing on compilations, and collaborating with an array of musicians ranging from members of the Black Dice to Cheeseburger. His latest album, Between the Blue and the Green, is full of low-fi pop pearls that are perfect for summer listening. Songs like “A Rainbow” combine nostalgic song structures with a surprising cornucopia of instruments and Cossa’s pleasing warble. “Sunset” sounds like the most upbeat of Nick Drake songs, only to be followed up with “Tonight” a cricket-filled take on old timey Appalachian music. On top of all this, Cossa’s lyrics will put a smile on your lips," - Deli Magazine


"Benji is an amazing cross between Cat and Sufjan Stevens, mixing outsider-folk, classic AM pop, lo-fi indie rock, and roots music. Banjos, accordions, glockenspiels, synths and organs play beside a spare rhythm section and Cossa's otherworldly singing." - productshopnyc.com


"Benji is an amazing cross between Cat and Sufjan Stevens, mixing outsider-folk, classic AM pop, lo-fi indie rock, and roots music. Banjos, accordions, glockenspiels, synths and organs play beside a spare rhythm section and Cossa's otherworldly singing." - productshopnyc.com


Discography

The Cossacabana (KrebStar cassete 1997)
The Rollercossa (Krebstar 7" 1998)
Songs from the Vault (Magic Marker Records LP 2005)
Between the Blue and the Green (Serious Business LP 2007)
Songs from the Vault II:Jewels and Gems (Serious Business LP 2008)
Zero Day Soundtrack
They Keep Me Smiling Comp. UUar
A House Full of Friends comp. Magic Marker
Another Magic Marker Comp from a long time ago...
and some other little guys

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An indie singer/songwriter whose spacy, twangy songs nodded to artists like Devendra Banhart, Sparklehorse, and the Mountain Goats, Benji Cossa slowly built a following throughout the late '90s and early 2000s thanks to his prolific nature as a songwriter and an appearance on the soundtrack of 2003's Zero Day. Cossa started writing tunes in 1995, during his sophomore year of college. He snagged a spot on a Krebstar Records cassette tape compilation one year later and went on to release his first album on that label, a cassette tape-only release with the wry title Cossacabana, in early 1997. Several more homemade albums and compilation tape appearances followed over the course of the next seven years, including the split 7" Rollacossa, the 4 for Tour cassette, and an appearance on the Magic Marker Records comp Can We Still Be Friends. Up until this point, Cossa was more or less on the unknown end of the indie rock spectrum; he didn't have a label and was still recording many of his tapes on his own. This changed in 2003, when he was approached by director Ben Coccio and commissioned to write a song for Zero Day, a film loosely based on the Columbine High School massacre. The highly controversial film more or less boosted Cossa out of the comp tape underground -- Magic Marker released an all-Cossa comp, Benji Cossa's Vault, Vol. 1 in 2005, and the artist released his first full-length studio effort, Between the Blue and the Green, on Serious Business in 2007. ~ Margaret Reges, All Music Guide