Montreal-based The Jon Cohen Experimental pulls into Toronto this weekend for two gigs as part of their three-month North American tour – and you can get your very own copy of their CD Behold by being one of the first 20 people in the door!
At first listen, the CD conjurs up thoughts of 70s progressive bands that didn’t worry about hit singles, opting instead to remain true to their art. But what sets Behold apart is that it’s so marvellously understated. No screaming vocals, no screeching guitar, no pounding drums to shake your speakers or keyboards flooding the background. Everything fits cohesively, from Cohen’s gentle vocals to the dynamic rhythm section to the array of guest musicians.
Understatement encourages closer attention and the listener is rewarded with enough little bits to keep them interested throughout. A sitar rings, a saxophone weaves in and out and a bold brass section underpins the guitars and drums that hold it all together. On top of it all are the aforementioned vocals of Cohen and his poetic, introspective lyrics, such as these from “Hold the Fire”:
“I had to bury a dream, that I had written on a patch of snow. And now compassion, compassion is the muscle that I exercise like a flame to help it grow.”
The Jon Cohen Experimental will be at Toronto’s Korova Milk Bar (Jan 6th) and the Hard Luck Bar (Jan 7th). The first 20 people in the door to either gig will recieve a free copy of Behold. Can’t make it to one of the Toronto dates? Click here to see other tour dates near you. No matter where you are, be sure to check them out!
Behold (JCX001); The Jon Cohen Experimental (3.5 out of 5)
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