Saturday, November 26, 2016

Albums of the Year # 30 Chris Cohen

Another late addition to this list. Just discovered yesterday and it helped ease me through a stressful Friday afternoon at work. Chris Cohen is something of an indie veteran, having played with Deerhoof and Cass McCoombs among many others before branching off towards his own solo career.

As so often with these things it's here that things really fall into place. Cohen's 2016 album As If Apart, like his previous record, 2012's Overgrown Path is a smooth unified vision. Reminiscent of Stereolab and High Llamas records as well as sixties albums like Odessey & Oracle, Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper, its a kind of retro futurist soundtrack, pop underpinned by a jazz sensibility

Cohen's voice occasionally reminds me of Damon Albarn singing on Blur's more thoughtful numbers. If you're looking for something to calm you down in a moment of need you could do far worse than listen to As If Apart. A happy pill that works.

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