Tim Cohen's album The Modern World. Available here on LP and CD.
Tim Cohen refuses to die. He simply subsists on fleeting ideas. As if trapped inside a virtual insect farm, he catches fluttering melodies in his butterfly net of a mind, digesting them and spitting them out in verse. It’s not that he wants to, necessarily. His obsession with making music as a means to turn nothing into something has become something of a need. This need has driven him to release close to 30 full length records over the past decade. His prolificacy has sometimes worked against him, as he describes some of his earlier, home-recorded work as “hurried” or “incomplete”. But, 2018 has found Cohen at the top of his songwriting game, as focused and direct as ever. The Modern World is his newest solo collection, recorded at home over the course of a restless and fruitful year. The birth of his second child, coupled with the constant juggle of a fledgling painting career and a day job, allowed strains of anxiety into the artist’s vision, and he relished those rare moments of silence, when he could coop up in his attic recording space and press “record.” The result is a visceral, raw yet clear amalgamation of Cohen’s utmost paranoias and deepest joys. It is his first entirely self-recorded record since 2011’s Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick and those years of practicing restraint and patience in the studio has paid dividends here. The new LP is bold and urgent-sounding, structured and sequenced to highlight Cohen’s most interesting sonic moments.
LP - Standard LP.
CD - Standard CD.