PERFECT FOR: Those who want to bliss out to distortion and a dreamy wall of sound
WHO: Camella, Alice, Jack, Omar, Jay
WHERE FROM: London, UK
STARTED PERFORMING: Since 2015
This is Camella Agabalyan, lead singer and guitarist of London-based indie band Cosmic Strip. As their name suggested, the band serves up hazy and hypnotising shoegaze tunes. As described by Camella, it’s ‘music to watch girls by, music to move the stars.’
One of their earliest singles ‘Echo Chamber’ was filmed in some of London’s most entrancing locations and directed by the well-known music photographer Charlotte Patmore. Truly a feast (or trip) for the eyes. Think kaleidoscopic lipstick, latex, prisms, mirrors, infinite corridors and neon lighting. Filmed in The Hive at Kew Gardens – an enormous glass beehive structure – it is a spellbinding study of girls, glass and geometry.
Their 2018 EP Heavenly showcases how Cosmic Strip have fully embraced their dreamy soundscape and take it up a notch with massive wall of noise and entrancing melodies.
IS THERE A COMMON THEME THAT BRINGS YOU ALL TOGETHER?
When I first started writing for Cosmic Strip, it was all very nostalgic, slightly lamenting, but I feel that was perhaps due to my state of mind at the time. My writing does always tend to have sad connotations. But I’ve naturally drifted more towards it being a comment on a certain subject rather than my own personal feelings and emotions.
YOU GUYS ALREADY HAVE QUITE A CV IN TERMS OF FESTIVALS. WHICH FESTIVAL SLOT HAS BEEN THE MOST MEMORABLE FOR YOU?
I think when we played Citadel in 2016 it felt like such a turning point for us. I had spent the last two years before then developing my music. It wasn’t until last summer when we released ‘Goodbye’ that I felt truly confident and proud of the music I was writing. We spent the summer playing festivals and gigs around the country. When we played the Kopparberg x DIY stage at Citadel, we were expecting nobody to turn up. But when we arrived, it was one in one out during our set to an over 500 capacity space. The year before we had opened Citadel on the Main Stage to 20 people, so it felt like such an accomplishment for us.