Or browse results titled :. Chris Cohen Los Angeles, California. Chris Cohen has plied the inside and outside folds of pop musical possibility since at least , when he first set infant drumstick to skin at the tender age of three, initiating decades of sonic experimentation across multiple bands and nearly a dozen recordings. Contact Chris Cohen.
While most people use the cop-out of a self-titled album for their debut, it's taken California-based artist Chris Cohen until his third full-length for Captured Tracks Records. The album cover features Chris himself, staring stoically into the camera. It's not sadness in his eyes, nor is it anger — it's just Chris. The time was right. During the two years he wrote and recorded the release from his Lincoln Heights studio and at Tropico Beauties in Glendale, California, his parents got divorced after 53 years of marriage. As Cohen explains via a press release: "My father spent most of his life in the closet, hiding both his sexual identity and various drug addictions. For me it was like being relieved of a great burden, like my life could finally begin. As KEXP looks at the themes of addiction and recovery for Music Heals , we spoke with Cohen about the new album and his own personal journey as a child of an addict. KEXP: The new album's been out for a couple of weeks now.
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The musician, previously known for his roles in pioneering bands Deerhoof and Cryptacize, has ventured far out of his comfort zone. Chris Cohen takes the musical approach that has carried his career so far—a focus on things more complicated than they seem at first—and applies it to his personal life. These are some of the details I knew before I talked with Cohen. We spoke on the phone and talked mainly about his process—how he makes things work in the studio, and what he does to finish an album. Though he has recorded and performed under other names, his proper solo career, which began in with the release of the record Overgrown Path, has seen him inch closer and closer to direct comment. But about 15 minutes after we hung up, my phone rang.
Chris Cohen seems to exist in his very own musical space. But where Chris Cohen shines the most is on his own albums, which are completely performed, recorded, and written by Cohen himself. Starting with s Overgrown Path and then continuing with s As If Apart , Cohen has created a pastoral song cycle that feels part classic 60s pop mixed with an almost jazz-like execution. It lies somewhere in this grey area where everything sounds as if you found some lost recording from and Van Dyke Parks was involved. Chris Cohen finishes the song cycle started in with the self-titled Chris Cohen. Cohen continues to mesmerize with his songwriting, musicianship, and ability to pull you into his self-built music world where the past and present mingle beautifully. Cohen makes new music that feels as if it was pulled from a time capsule that was buried in the school yard 40 years ago.