‘Plastic Soul’ is the much awaited debut album from the Los Angeles indie rocker born Joshua Ostrander. The Philadelphia born disciple of Beck, Eddie Vedder and Keith Richards had his life changed in 2016, when he quit his two garden landscaping jobs and began releasing a series of underground pop gems, released as singles. It collects 10 songs, including the early singles “Shine”, “Hold On To Me”, and “Higher”. According to a press statement, the album was written as Ostrander nearly lost his mind in a “shitty Joshua Tree rental house last year” while accompanied by his dog Cozmo. For about two weeks, his days entailed “screaming into a microphone at two in the morning and bleeding all over the guitar strings.”
The albums’ title and song ‘Plastic Soul’ are related to David Bowie as Joshua explains “Bowie referred to his music as Plastic Soul. I always loved that. I recorded my song ‘Plastic Soul’ the weekend he passed away. And would later go on to release it for free ’cause of a sample issue. Based on the response of the song it forced the label to get the sample cleared. It was a huge risk on my part that really paid off. When they asked what I was calling the record I said, ‘Plastic Soul’ and everybody just nodded their head.”
The second track on the album is the moving single ‘Hold On To Me’, which demonstrates why such a wide range of musical comparisons are flooding in, ranging from Bob Dylan to Spiritualized, Primal Scream to Springsteen. Lead single ‘Shine’ is the track that really started to change things for Mondo Cozmo. It topped the AAA radio chart in the US, reached the Top 30 at Alternative Radio and racked up millions of Spotify streams and critical acclaim in the process. Since then, he’s sold out every headline show he’s played and packed out 10 shows at SXSW 2017 “Whatever asshole booked those like that was trying to kill me.” He’s also recently supported Bastille on their arena tour across the US LIVE: • Mondo Cozmo supported Bastille on tour earlier this year • Soldout headline show at The Lexington in June • Performing at Reading & Leeds Festival in August and received acclaim as NME’s “Best New Tracks” NME’s “Week’s Best Gigs”.
“I hope this album speaks to anyone who is scared to start over,” Ostrander said “Or overwhelmed by what they could be. This album comes from a real place. I needed to find truth and I found it in the songs. It is an honor to present Plastic Soul.”