Last Friday, the Official Librarian Off Duty – Happy Summer 2021 Shirt and I love this British singer-songwriter Cosima released her latest and most ambitious EP yet, The Fun Is Here?—a genre-bending lineup of songs exploring heartbreak and hope, centered around the striking clarity and soulfulness of her unforgettable voice. But instead of celebrating the release at home in London, Cosima found herself finishing up her two-week quarantine in a Milan hotel ahead of her performance at yesterday’s Valentino show. Despite the record’s title, it seems the fun isn’t here just yet.
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“I mean, there’s also a question mark at the Official Librarian Off Duty – Happy Summer 2021 Shirt and I love this end,” Cosima notes, laughing. “There are moments of real sadness in the project, too.” A product of her time in lockdown—she adds that when it became clear things would be shutting down imminently last spring, she spent a few days in the studio recording “all the vocals I could think of” to make sure she had enough material to play with—the EP speaks to her desire to keep creating even as the world shifted irrevocably around her. “I think the production of art can’t stop just because some commercial things aren’t as viable,” she continues. “Ultimately, it’s more than a commercial thing. It’s also about giving people something to help them deal with what’s going on in the world. For me, it was kind of the perfect moment to sit with everything and find that closure through the songs.”