“Cosmetic Sadness” by NNA089 AJ Cornell & Tim Darcy from Too Significant to Ignore
Spoken word leads the listener through the fabric of reality. Described as existential poetics, Cornell and Darcy’s “…melodies coexist alongside smoldering, buzzing drones, sublime electronics, and indiscernible field recordings, all smudged together to forge a slow-paced swirling mass” (BandCamp). The created atmosphere begins in hazy grey, and the poetic guidance indicates that “Cosmetic Sadness” directs the individual’s day. “I am my own eventual paradise…” if the steps of cosmetic requirements are fulfilled. Contemporary society is caught up on looks, obsessed with skin and brows and the mirror image. “Cosmetic Sadness” highlights the fact that much time is lost to fulfilling the required image set by social conditioning. Darcy and Cornell reveal the mask of the individual as an unnecessary nervous tick that reduces productive abilities. Simon Chandler said, “Cornell’s shapeshifting and unsettling production is the perfect complement to all this detachment and estrangement, which almost inevitably reaches the point in “Cosmetic Sadness” where Darcy appears to be estranged from his own self and emotional life…” (TinyMixTapes). Read Chandler’s article HERE. Spoken word paired with musical guidance transcend reality to question why we do the things we do. “Cosmetic Sadness” is a powerful track that may encourage a few beards to grow.