Dancing Is 'Automatic' in Mondo Cozmo's Latest Video: Exclusive

Travis Shinn
Mondo Cozmo

Los Angeles-based musician Mondo Cozmo is serving up a delectable dance track and he’s showing everyone how to get down to it. In the video for “Automatic” from his upcoming album Plastic Soul, which is available Aug. 4 via Republic Records, the singer-songwriter (née Josh Ostrander) is showcasing both his rock star vocals and dance chops.

"Everybody laughed at me when I said I wanted to make a dance video, but when I said, "What would it look like if Joe Strummer made a dance video?,’ everybody shut up,” Ostrander tells Billboard.

Aside from the video’s inspiration, Ostrander is pulling just as much from the bygone classic rock era as modern day. His breakthrough, the folk-centric single “Shine,” earned him comparisons to Bob Dylan and topped the Adult Alternative Songs chart in January, while his debut album Plastic Soul got its name from David Bowie’s description of his own genre. The album is even the result of a trip to Joshua Tree that Ostrander took in Dec. 2016.

The video, however, is firmly grounded in the new. Ostrander’s moves are matched with frenetic cuts and nightclub lights that wash the set in neon pink and blue. It’s a fitting change of direction from the minimalist visual approach of his previous videos as “Automatic” stands as Mondo Cozmo’s most energetic, electronic piece yet.

Cozmo is already in the thick of touring for the new record, with several sold-out headlining shows and dates running through October. More tour details can be found at his website here.

Check out the full video for “Automatic” below.


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