Cotton Mather

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“Wild Kingdom” 

  • “Like hot, shiny Raspberries fortified with the elevated argument of Squeeze and Attractions-era Elvis Costello.” — David Fricke, Rolling Stone
  • “Smart melodies and lyrics makes ‘Wild Kingdom’ a satisfying listen: heady, catchy, fun.” — Paste
  • “Harrison and his comrades have retained their retro vitality.” — Uncut
  • “Harrison’s gifts are as strong as ever.” — AllMusic
  • “Trust us, everything this band touches is gold.” — Popmatters

“Death of the Cool” 

  • “…armed with a wealth of songs inspired by the I Ching, bandleader Robert Harrison has reconvened the band for the first time in 15 years for another album of jangly, summer-sticky melodies…try this colorful extension of their sonic legacy. ” – Los Angeles Times
  • “…boasts an exemplary specimen from Harrison’s seemingly endless collection of instant classics…Death of the Cool reveals melodic gems at every turn!” – The Austin Chronicle
  • “…Featuring mellow ballads, flares of Texas psych rock, subtle strings, layered arrangements and impeccable songwriting, Harrison’s resurgent effort is nothing short of a triumph.” – Austin Monthly
  • “…Cotton Mather’s Austin-based main man, Robert Harrison is back in a big way…This is essential listening…deserves repeat listens and stands right behind Kontiki, I look forward to the next chapter of Cotton Mather. Highly Recommended!” – Power Popaholic
  • “Life of The Liar” packs a mighty kick. We couldn’t help but play it over and over. Can there really be 63 more songs as good as this? Wow. – The Big Takeover
  • “…powerful doses of psychedelia, folk-rock, power-pop and country-rock resonate throughout Death of the Cool…Essential listening!” – Power of Pop


  • “brought to life with daring vitality” – Mojo
  • “A bewildering, dizzy thrill.” – The Guardian
  • “I thought if that isn’t the best record I’ve heard in ten years, then I don’t know what is.” – Noel Gallagher (Oasis)


It took 15 years for Cotton Mather to follow-up its last album (2001’s The Big Picture) with 2016’s Death of The Cool, the first collection of songs compiled from band leader Robert Harrison’s ambitious, possibly impossible aim to write 64 tracks, one for each hexagram of the I Ching, the ancient text which he refers to as an “extraordinary book about ordinary life.”

Read more about the “Song From The I Ching” project via Texas Monthly’s article that launched the project on Nov. 16th, 2015.

As the year continued, one-off tunes were issued online in, as Harrison terms it, “real time and real weather.” Then, another official release, the three-track “Cotton Mather with Nicole Atkins EP” came along to close out…Read More


Cotton Mather “Wild Kingdom”
Release Date: 4/7/2017
Format: CD, 180 Gram Vinyl, Digital

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Cotton Mather “Death of the Cool”
Release Date: 9/9/2017
Format: CD, 180 Gram Color Vinyl, Digital

Cotton Mather “Kontiki”
Release Date: 3/9/2012
Format: CD, 180 Gram Color Vinyl, Digital