Who is Sheldoncole?
Sheldoncole started out as an acoustic project for the Vancouver born, Oregon raised Sheldon Kozushko. His first EP titled Detroit, an enthusiastic effort, recorded in a home studio with his brother Nic, garnered world-wide recognition. With his optimistic folk single “Live for Love” reaching over 170, 000 streams in over 40 countries, Sheldoncole began gaining momentum and climbing up the mountain of DIY musicians. After spending a summer in Detroit and discovering the underground house concert scene Sheldoncole set out to play one house concert a month in Vancouver and the surrounding area along with some venue shows and an indie festival. This endeavour led Sheldoncole out to Mexico City where he played a house concert and was interviewed on the number one university radio in Mexico, Ibero 90.9.
Sheldon returned to the studio feeling inspired and nostalgic and created a collection of songs invoking self-reflection and grappling topics such as love, death, and faith, appropriately titled Dark. Trying out a gloomy sound and added instrumentation he left the studio with his anxious single “Monsters”.
“Monsters” grapples with a lot of anger, bringing tension to his ambient folk roots. It is soulful; vulnerable; chords resonating with the weight of each missed opportunity.
Facing one’s own faults can make acceptance all the more challenging—and the friction
weaves, intriguingly, into his melodies.” –Natalie Hoy The Permanent Rain Press
With a strong work ethic and a whole lot of passion, the phenomenon that is
Sheldoncole continues to spread. Landing an artist feature in Beatroute BC, a feature on
his house show tour in The Georgia Straight, and a handful of radio interviews. After
embarking on a 2 month, 54 city tour, playing living rooms, backyards, bars, and tattoo
shops across Northern America nothing seems too big for this young and emerging artist.
I was introduced to Sheldon through a friend, and at very first listen of his latest EP “Dark” I instantly noticed hints of Dallas Green (City & Colour), and a more Canadian sounding John Mayer. However, with songs like “Home” and “Monsters” I was suddenly teleported to a memory from when I travelled to the Oregon Coast with a big group of friends. We were passing through the dock town “Astoria” and were eventually taking in Oregon’s beautiful country side. Upon listening to “Home“, I could see the visions of countless beaches, forested and secluded roads leading to more country side and small towns, this EP really gives you that Oregon vibe. I really liked the change of tone on the gloomy and romantic spoken-word title track “Dark” which is a healing song to anyone who may feel neglected. Following this song comes in the very somber and cup-of-hot cocoa-in-the-evening track “When I Go to Sleep“, I could see myself listening to this to wind down from a busy day at work, very relaxing and heartfelt. I can’t wait to hear what Sheldoncole comes out with next!