Toru Matsuura - COSMOS "Pre-Delay"
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COSMOS Pre-Delay

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COSMOS Pre-Delay


COSMOS was formed as an acoustic music duo by Toru Matsuura and Mariko Itoh in 1999. They were both students in a song writing class called Melodist conducted by Rumiko Tanaka who is known for a song about the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack: Natsu no Uta. At the time, the two were hoping to become professional musicians. They brought their original songs to each lesson, and exchanged their opinions about them. The lessons were run in a very relaxed atomosphere. Matsuura, who thought his vocals were not good, was interested in the vocal sound of Itoh. He then asked her to form COSMOS with him.
This new version of Pre-Delay is compiled mostly with tracks chosen from Pre-Delay I released in April 1999 and Pre-Delay II released in August of the same year.
The 1st track, High & Low (Acoustic), was on the compilation album Rough Diamond that was produced by the live perfomance house Ohtsuka CAVE. The 2nd track, Silent Blues, through the 6th track Anata de Aru Yohni are taken from Pre-Delay I (includes 8 songs). The 7th track, High & Low, to the 11th track, Shopping in the Street, are taken from Pre-Delay II (includes 8 songs). California wha Hare, chosen as the last song, was recorded separately by Matsuura around the same time. The new release is a compilation of 12 songs in total.
At the time of the original album, COSMOS was intending to make a major debut, but their actions were a little impatient. Possibly, the difference in music directions of Matsuura and Itoh made their collaboration over a longer period difficult. COSMOS split after one more album.

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Music played by COSMOS. Mariko Itoh: vocal, piano. Toru Matsuura: guitar, bass, synthesizer, drum machine, vocal.
All words and music by COSMOS except Anata de Aru Yohni: music by Junko Hayakawa.
Piano on Anata de Aru Yohni by Rumiko Tanaka.
Recorded in 1999. Remixed and designed by Yasuhiro Yamaoka, January 2011.
©2011 COSMOS.

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COSMOS Pre-Delay I CD insert card frontCOSMOS Pre-Delay I CD insert card back
Pre-Delay I (Original CD Design)

COSMOS Pre-Delay II CD insert card frontCOSMOS Pre-Delay II CD insert card back
Pre-Delay II (Original CD Design)

Rough Diamond insert card front
Rough Diamond

COSMOS Pre-Delay back image