Cosmo Sheldrake

Cosmo Sheldrake (born 16 December 1989)[1] is an English musician, composer, and producer. He is the son of parapsychologist Rupert Sheldrake and voice teacher Jill Purce, and the brother of biologist Merlin Sheldrake. He released his first single, "The Moss"/"Solar", in 2014 and followed it up with the Pelicans We EP in 2015. He is associated with Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Mr Jukes, Sam Lee, The Gentle Mystics, Bernie Krause, and Matthew Herbert.[2][3]

Cosmo Sheldrake
Sheldrake performing at CMJ in New York, 2015
Sheldrake performing at CMJ in New York, 2015
Background information
Born (1989-12-16) 16 December 1989 (age 31)
London, England
  • Musician
  • composer
  • record producer
  • Keyboard
  • double bass
  • drums
  • guitar
  • banjo
  • clarinet
  • percussion
  • sousaphone
  • vocals
Years active2014—present
Associated acts


Described as a "musical visionary"[4] by The Telegraph, Sheldrake has been releasing music since 2014.

His debut single, "The Moss", was released on 25 March 2014,[5] followed by a debut EP, Pelicans We, on 6 April 2015,[6] and a debut album, The Much Much How How and I, on 6 April 2018.[7]

Much of Sheldrake's work is concerned with improvisation, nonsense, and the sonorous environment. He has provided music for film and theatre, including the score for a series of Samuel Beckett plays at the Young Vic in London.[1] Sheldrake also performs solo and with several bands including Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit and the Gentle Mystics. His song "Come Along" was featured in an advertisement for Apple's iPhone XR in the US and UK.[8] The song subsequently charted at number 39 on the US Digital Songs chart dated 26 January 2019.[9]



Title Details Notes
The Much Much How How and I
1."Linger Longer"5:36
3."Birth a Basket"2:40
4."Birthday Suit"1:20
5."Come Along"4:19
6."Solar Waltz"5:38
7."Mind of Rocks"3:10
8."Spring Bottom"1:08
9."Egg and Soldiers"3:23
12."Linger a While"1:52
13."Beetroot Kvass"2:44
Wake Up Calls
2."Nightingale, Pt. 1"2:37
3."Dawn Chorus"3:06
6."Marsh Warbler"2:32
7."Cuckoo Song"3:05
10."Evening Chorus"1:25
11."Mistle Thrush"1:08
12."Nightingale, Pt. 2"1:36
13."Owl Song"3:29


Title Details Notes
Pelicans We EP
  • Released: 6 April 2015
  • Label: Transgressive / PIAS Group
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
1."Tardigrade Song"4:01
2."The Fly" (words from William Blake's The Fly)3:33
3."Pelicans We" (words from Edward Lear's The Pelican Chorus)3:27
4."Rich (ft. Andrea Vargas)"4:29


Title Details Notes
"The Moss/Solar"
  • Released: 5 March 2014
  • Label: Transgressive / paradYse
  • Format: Digital download, vinyl
1."The Moss"4:02
2."Solar" (words from William Blake's "I rose up at the dawn of day" poem)4:03
  • Released: 13 September 2019
  • Label: N/A
  • Format: Digital download
1."Orby (ft. Andrea Vargas & Anndreyah Vargas)"3:53
"Nightingale Wake Up Calls"
  • Released: 21 April 2020
  • Label: Cephalopod / Tardigrade Records
  • Format: Digital download
1."Nightingale Wake Up Call Part 1"2:41
2."Nightingale Wake Up Call Part 2"1:46
3."Green Grass - Live in Fingringhoe Wick"3:06


  1. ^ a b Lester, Paul. "Cosmo Sheldrake (No 1,724)". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 24 May 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Interview: Cosmo Sheldrake - M Magazine". M magazine: PRS for Music online magazine. 6 February 2018. Archived from the original on 2 September 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Cosmo Sheldrake". Cosmo Sheldrake. Archived from the original on 1 September 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  4. ^ Arnoldi, Oliver. "Cosmo Sheldrake - New Music". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 16 July 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  5. ^ Cunningham, Jamie. "Listen: Cosmo Sheldrake – "The Moss"". Best Fit.
  6. ^ "Pelicans We EP". iTunes. Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  7. ^ Day, Laurence. "Cosmo Sheldrake details debut album The Much Much How How And I". Best Fit. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  8. ^ Slivka, Eric. "Apple Releases New 'Color Flood' iPhone XR Ad". Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Digital Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 27 January 2019.

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