Chris Cohen

Artist Bio:

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.

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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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Chris Cohen Shares New Single, “Edit Out”

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Chris Cohen shares new music for the first time since 2016’s As If Apart. The new single, “Edit Out,” features Jay Israelson on piano and Kasey Knudsen (Tune-Yards) on saxophone and marks the first time Cohen has…

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Happy Halloween from Chris Cohen

In anticipation of this beloved holiday, Chris Cohen shared his new SpOoKy video for “Sun Has Gone Away” with you. We hope you get more treats than tricks today. Watch below. Chris Cohen’s sophomore album, As If Apart, is out…

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Film-Rips by Chris Cohen

Chris Cohen has made a mix for you of some of his favorite rare Soundtracks. “This was all ripped on Audio Hijack from the best available sources. Some of these films are hard to find in good quality, but are…

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