Cosines are a North London combo who take two very sympathetic sounds, indie pop and Stereolab-esque avant pop, mash them together into a very appealing package, and score one of the more interesting indie pop debuts in recent years. Oscillations marries some nicely untroubled production and supercool synth sounds with quietly catchy songs and a bit of melancholy emotion, showcases Alice Hubley's drily precise vocals, and delivers a number of songs that should be highlights on any mixtapes of 2014's indie pop highlights. The main movers behind the band's sound, Hubley and Simon Nelson, met cute on the Underground after a Stereo Total show and some of that band's insouciant charm is in Cosines' DNA too. The album's ten songs flicker between uptempo Motorik tracks that rollick and roll happily ("Nothing More Than a Feeling," "Stalemate"), songs that have a nice bit of punky energy ("Runaway"), and slowly unspooling songs that make perfect use of their array of vintage synths (the Flying Nun-feeling "Misguide Me," "Binary Primary"). The album ends with the lone ballad, the noisy and drenched-in-heartache "Ghosts," which shows the band does have the range to stretch beyond their core sound. It also gives Hubley a chance to add some hard-earned emotional depth to her sometimes archy vocals, which is nice to hear. Overall, Oscillations is a lot of fun, something that fans of bands like Stereolab and Komeda should find plenty of reasons to like. It's also perfect for fans of straight-ahead indie pop who want to branch out a bit without losing even a little bit of the sweetness and light that come part and parcel with that style.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra