Fresh off his departure from the Yellowbirds, Sam Cohen’s first-ever solo release, in many ways feeds on the tinges of psychedelics introduced in the former’s previous Songs From The Vanished Frontier. Conveying themes both sonically and lyrically covert and ebullient, Cohen delivers a relaxed overall lush piece in the form of Cool It, with his signature guitar work acting as the strongest set piece amongst a myriad of loose, ethereal synth.
In terms of vocal delivery, Cohen once again leaves his individual mark on his work with a breezy attitude that’s easy to listen to and get lost in, with a tone somewhere between Conor Oberst and John Lennon that lends itself well to the light psych-rock tendencies that tend to envelop his current soundscape. A bit of a predictable next step for fans of Cohen’s previous work, Cool It isn’t a revolutionary record, but it’s a pleasant listen from top to bottom and another worthy addition to his astoundingly depth-ridden catalog.
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