Devon based indie music and film maker Cosmo Jarvis has given us his first offeringfrom his second album - single "Gay Pirates." His sophomore album, Is The World Strange or Am I Strange? is due to be released later this year as a follow up to 2009's Humasyouhitch / Sonofabitch.
"Gay Pirates" is a delightfully cute love song which is sung from the view, obviously, of a gay pirate, singing to his love Sebastian. In typical Cosmo Jarvis style, the catchy tune and lyrics that accompany them are a lot darker than you envisage on first listen. Taking in the punishment that the pirates receive for their homophobic tendencies, such as gang rape, whips and chains, being thrown overboard amongst other things, the song suddenly takes on a different meaning.
Essentially the song is a classic love pop song, with a Cosmo Jarvis tilt. The ukelele prominently features and keeps the song ticking along, with the feel of floating on the ocean waves swimming around your ears, with the drums similarly keeping the song moving forward. A catchy chorus is also something Cosmo Jarvis has a knack of writing, and in Gay Pirates 'Yo HO Sebastian' is no different and is sure to have you singing it later on in the day.
Without wanting to ruin the ending to the song too much, things don't end up too well for the young couple. But when you think about the title of the track, it should be obvious really. The video, which was directed by Cosmo himself, became a viral hit and was even tweeted by Stephen Fry.