MW Questionnaire: CHRIS COHEN

MW Questionnaire: CHRIS COHEN

CHRIS COHEN

answers the MUSIC WORKS Questionnaire


Chris Cohen photo (3)

photo: Joe McMurray

 

1. QUALIFICATIONS?
playing in bands since i was 13, studied film in school, worked in record stores, offices, restaurants, on a farm. i don’t have any music schooling but i learn from my friends and from 4 tracks and computers.

2. CREATIVE LIFE HIGHLIGHTS?
my highlights are when i’m writing a song and come up with a good part.

3. AMBITIONS?
my ambition is to find a better way to make music and to continue.

4. SONGS YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?
“Double Horizon” by Nedelle Torrisi

5. DESERT ISLAND DISCS?
Blanche Blanche Blanche “Hints for Pilgrims, ” V/A- “Ulqutushuy,” Junior Kimbrough “First Recordings,” Sylvia “Pillow Talk,” Scott Walker “Climate of Hunter,” Sly and the Family Stone “There’s A Riot Goin’ On,” Ruth Garbus “Joule EP,” Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers”

6. FAVOURITE ARTISTS/BANDS OF ALL TIME?
NRBQ is a great band

7. WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU LISTENING TO NOW?
Old-time radio, like dramas and thrillers from the 30’s-50’s

8. THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
“Steps to Starting a Worker Co-Op” (Hansen, Coontz, Malan)

9. HOBBIES?
gardening and music

10. VINYL, CASSETTE, CD, MP3, WEB STREAMING?
all are great

11. INDIE MUSIC IN THE AGE OF THE INTERNET?
i think it’s often misrepresented as a time when consumers and artists have more power or freedom that they used to but it’s just the same as before.

12. WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL MOTTO?
i’d have trouble with a motto but i don’t think there’s anything wrong with just saying ‘peace and love’

 



 

Chris Cohen

As If Apart

 

Chris Cohen - As If Apart
 Captured Tracks – CT247
 
Special Edition version is pressed on Opaque Red Vinyl. Limited to 500 copies.

As If Apart, the long-awaited sequel to Chris Cohen’s 2012 soft psych garden of unearthly alter-pop earworms and studio-sonic delights Overgrown Path, follows on its predecessor with another bittersweet ensemble of dreamy, complex songs. Pushing the idiosyncrasies of Cohen’s melodic and rhythmic approach into even more fractured, shifting spaces, As if Apart unsettles lazy pop conventions, upending jaded heads and hearts with an expansive, moody psychedelia. Where Overgrown Path plunged within, As if Apart voyages out. And up. Sometimes as a leader, sometimes as a sideman and collaborator; sometimes as an invisible musician but you’ve heard him: the chest-high bass drum thump, the tightly paired flight of guitars in odd harmony, the disorienting shift in time and texture that resolves itself into song. Chris Cohen has plied the inside and outside folds of pop musical possibility since at least 1978, 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. Cohen’s songwriting isn’t so much disjunctive as subjunctive, asking “what if,” playing against the expected and building suspense, breaking like waves or the patterns at the edges of things. Chris makes music with the patience of a gardener: he went out and collected a backyard’s worth of thorny succulents, took them home and cultivated them like so. They are modular plants — cut one little piece, stick it in the ground, give it time. Come back and find it branching, breaking and replanting itself into tangle and form. You notice yourself changed too. To say that this is how pop music should have turned out would be nostalgic — a misapprehension of time, pop, history and our place within those structures — what we could say is that this is how pop music has turned out alongside itself –how it has become beside itself – as if apart. Featuring lyrics by Zach Phillips (of Blanche Blanche Blanche, CE Schneider Topical, OSR label, et al.) on two songs.

 
 

 
 

 
 
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July 15, 2016