“Elegy for a Lost Cosmonaut” by Sumatran Black EP REVIEW The whole title and concept of this EP is enough to get me in my feels and essentially comprise my thoughts so here ya go. Like yes, being an astronaut stranded in space with no ship is scary. But it’s almost overwhelmingly scary, like too overwhelming to have fear be the prime motivator behind what’s going on. This is coming from someone who’s like too scared to even think too much about space, like seriously that whole void stuff really gets to me, but the main emotive force behind this dark ambient EP doesn’t seem to be fear. Nah man, it’s more like loss and a melancholic yet frank and configuring of facts to finally acknowledge: “Oh shit I’m going to die”. There’s something to that and that someothing is incredibly, soul-destroyingly sad. That’s why this EP isn’t called “OH SHIT THE SPACEPERSON GONNA DIE AHHH” it’s called a “Elegy” like damn, we lost that cosmonaut. They were facing innumerable fears in the face of the grand cosmos, they were brave and they were determined to survive...and we lost them. Just like that. I’m gonna go to the wikipedia page for Astronaut fatalities and just think about this like fuck. Anyway, I didn’t really talk about what was musically going on but it’s great, finely ethereal ambient that yearns for surround sound systems. The closing track makes me shit myself with it’s whooshes. Listen to this EP, it’s one of the years best.