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 (due early 2021), 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

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