If there’s any word to describe Jarvis and his music, it’s definitely “unique”. Whilst his past three albums have been praised by a number of industry figureheads, Cosmo Jarvis has yet to reach the illuminated name he deserves. However, his new album Think Bigger is due to combat this, with the title reflecting a dramatic progression in his unorthodox fusion of genre, musical approach and lyric writing that has produced something original, musically daring and charismatic.
The first offering on the record is ‘Love This’, the first single from the record and a song that is hard to pinpoint with words, yet easily recognisable if heard. Although it does possess slightly a mediocre sound, the distinguished melody and chorus is what keeps you listening; it makes you come to expect more from the rest of the album, which is always a good thing from an opening track. Following a track later is ‘Tell Me Who To Be’, a song that has been known to Jarvis fans for a while now but didn’t make previous album track listings. It’s a quirky yet quiet one which channels a plead (the title), but is frankly not part of the upcoming peak Jarvis is yet to see.
It’s not until ‘Sunshine’ when Jarvis really begins to hit the right notes, drawing the listener to a slightly more aggressive yet upbeat tone that oozes character. The lyrics describe the state of being weary of the sun, with the chorus bellowing out “I’m so sick of the sunshine baby ’cause it burns my skin”. Coupled with the banjo that grounds the piece throughout, it’s simply a stupendous and original piece of music, even if it does follow the basic song structure.
Another highlight comes later in the form of ‘Whatever’; it’s a light song with the harmony lying in the acoustic guitar, accompanied by smatterings of mandolin. Whilst the song lacks a sense of overall direction (an opinion induced by the lack of change in numerous musical elements in the song), it is actually quite catchy. Maybe it’s the mandolin, or maybe it’s something else, there is a secret element of charisma that flows through the track – you just can’t put your finger on it.
Think Bigger is definitely on par with Cosmo’s first two albums, which were in fact the ones that earned him his musical merit in the first place. Whilst not every track contains the hook Jarvis aims for, the merit lies within the originality of the record. For Jarvis himself, it’s now just a case of keeping up this obscure perspective on music.