Chris Cohen Brings New Music to Mercury Lounge Tonight

June 3rd, 2016

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Cohen (above, his video for “Yesterday’s on My Mind”) might be best known for his psychedelic work with Deerhoof, Cass McCombs and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti—and for fronting the Curtains. Been he’s been doing his own thing as a solo artist since the release of Overgrown Path (stream it below) in 2012, which according to Tiny Mix Tapes, “sees Cohen going it alone with quiet confidence and a penchant for understatement. Even if only a certain laxity of attention recommends itself at first, this short collection compels repeat spins and sidesteps the captious critical faculty. The unhurried charm and ease disarm, their joys compulsively fruitful.” Cohen (above, doing “”) returned with his sophomore solo effort, As if Apart (stream it below), just last month. AllMusic calls it “another impressive album of easygoing yet tightly wound psych-pop gems…. As If Apart maintains a laid-back, weekend-afternoon feel, but it never seems too lazy, as Cohen is clearly adept at crafting pleasant yet sophisticated songs.” Touring behind the new music, he plays Mercury Lounge tonight. And CE Schneider Topical and Anni Rossi open the show.