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Glad Birth of Love
Vinyl | LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Empty Cellar records is proud to announce the latest full-length album by TIM COHEN (FRESH & ONLYS), the Glad Birth of Love. This is the first Tim Cohen album named for his band, MAGIC TRICK, an apt epithet for the fuzzy dreamlike state bestowed on listeners. Recorded to tape in a tower at Tim Cohen's home studio, with the help of many of San Francisco's finest, this album marks a departure from his signature radio-ready song craft. The Glad Birth of Love is a 45-minute album composed of four epic long-form compositions saturated with Tim's uncanny pop sensibilities and vivid lyrical imagery. Fever dreams abound in stories of love, fatherhood, magic and exploding whales. The music traverses seamlessly across suites of sparse acoustic blues, lush vocal harmonies, dense psychedelic bass & oud ragas, and powerful pop. All together, this album is a culmination of Tim's work to date. LP includes a high quality digital download of the album, a full color 11x22" poster, and comes in a beautiful tip-on jacket, featuring artwork by Kevin Earl Taylor. This is Tim Cohen's fourth album following his 2009 debut, the Two Sides of Tim Cohen (Empty Cellar), and two full-lengths (Laugh Tracks / Tim Cohen's Magic Trick) and one EP (Bad Blood) on New York's Captured Tracks label.
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'The Glad Birth of Love' contains elements of folk, old-school blues, Indian music, Syd Barrett-style psych, and prog, resulting in a sound that not only is unique, but when combined with the surrealistic, soul-stirring lyrics and heartfelt vocals, is very moving as well, and makes for an extremely absorbing listening experience. The four songs here average over 10 minutes apiece, making this album perfect for late-night headphone journeys. Throughout, you'll hear reverb-soaked acoustic finger-picking, gorgeous boy-girl harmonies, hypnotic drones, and stellar dream-like melodies, with a hazy atmospheric sheen over everything that gives these songs an eerie, mystical sound that seems way off in the distance while tickling your brain at the same time.
If you're a fan of The Fresh & Onlys, do yourself a favor and give this a shot, even though it is entirely different. But there's no denying just-plain great-songwriting. The closest comparison I could make would be the rootsy post-rock of early 2000's Califone mixed with the dreamy folk-pop of Skygreen Leopards, but weirder and more progressive. It'd probably be easiest, though, to just check out the free stream at Bandcamp and decide for yourself. If you're anything like me, it most likely won't be coming out of your rotation for a very long time.