The newest self-titled release finds him collaborating with Brooklyn Producer, Roger Greenawalt (The Pierces, Ben Kweller, Nils Lofgren). With a studio approach reminiscent of legendary band leaders Duke Ellington, Frank Zappa, and Steely Dan, the Alan Cohen Experience conducts a variety of studio musicians to help achieve his musical vision. Set for release on November 4th, 2008, this six track EP comprises lush string and horn arrangements, vocal harmonies and thickly layered guitars to flourish the clever and catchy songwriting.
The album starts with a Stevie Wonder-esque funky tune called “Elephant," which builds a musical vision around the line “all's quiet on the waterfront/it's just me and my elephant.” Both “Bonita” and “Saturday Morning” portray gorgeous arrangements and melodies, and through poetic lyrics, paint scenes of an emotionally liberated musical love letter (“Bonita”), and of a sunrise stroll on a quiet early morning (“Saturday Morning”). A heavy-hitting rock song filled with vicious guitar licks, “Roy’s Rock” sets the stage for a song about Alabama Judge Roy Moore and his attempts to erect the Ten Commandments in his court house, told with the issue's context in the American constitutional concept of “separation of church and state.” The EP ends with “Space Watch," a song inspired by an elementary school lesson about different philosophies of God and perception, told through lyrics about space travel in a musical soundscape that brings the listener along for the ride.
released November 4, 2008
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Roger Greenawalt at Shabby Road Studio, Brooklyn. Engineered by Michelle Barry.
Mastering by Nathan James at The Vault Mastering Studios, NYC.
Artwork by Daniel Harris (ithinkwethink.org
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