Ed Cosens is step­ping out of the shad­ows to take cen­tre stage. If, his debut sin­gle, marks the start of an over­due solo career for the long­time lynch­pin of the Sheffield music scene.

Best known as the guitarist/bassist and co-song­writer in Rev­erend & The Mak­ers, Ed has toured the world. With If, the first song writ­ten for his forth­com­ing solo album, For­tunes Favour (launch­ing 9th April), he’s final­ly ready to reveal his true self.

“It’s only tak­en 10 years or so for me to find the con­fi­dence!” says the self-depre­ci­at­ing singer, who shared stages with Arc­tic Mon­keys mem­bers Matt Helders and Alex Turn­er before the Mak­ers took off. “I sub­scribe to the fine wine way of think­ing – allow things to mature ful­ly before enjoy­ing. Nobody wants to be Lambrusco!”

Ed Cosens with Rev­erend & The Mak­ers at Beard­ed The­o­ry fes­ti­val
Pho­to © Sam Dawson 

Ed says of If, “Its a love-lorn tale of the strug­gle between true love’s path and the path which you think you’re des­tined to fol­low. It’s about the con­flict between what you think you want, where you unwit­ting­ly lead your­self and ulti­mate­ly where you should real­ly be.”

I have to say it’s a great track, with a real warmth and glow. If is, at its core, a melan­choly tune of love gone wrong but this swoony, dreamy bal­lad – some­what in Richard Haw­ley style – leads you to pre­sume his heart will even­tu­al­ly mend. The song is proof that Ed real­ly has found his call­ing, and has the con­fi­dence to enter the next, solo phase of his career.

“Peo­ple ask why I wait­ed so long, but there was no mas­ter­plan. The time had to feel right. I found my voice along with an inner confidence.” 

If was pro­duced by Dave Sander­son, record­ed at Giant Wafer stu­dios in Wales at the tail end of 2018. Released Octo­ber 16th 2020 on Dis­tiller Music.
Ed Cosens at https://linktr.ee/EdCosens

Sam Daw­son: www.staffordshirephotos.com; www.samdawsonphotography.co.uk

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