CHRIS COHEN announces European tour in September inc. UK dates .. New album As If Apart is out now via Captured Tracks

May 13, 2016
Kate Dollenmayer

Kate Dollenmayer


Announces September Tour

As If Apart out now via Captured Tracks

Following the release of his new album, As If Apart last week, Chris Cohen announces an extensive tour of the UK and Europe in September, including a headline date at Cafe Oto in London:

Thursday 1st September – Paradiso, Amsterdam (tickets)
Friday 2nd September – Deep in the Woods, Heer (tickets)
Saturday 3rd September – Into the Great Wide Open, Vlieland (tickets)
Sunday 4th September – End of the Road, Dorset (tickets)
Monday 5th September – Cafe Oto, London (tickets)
Tuesday 6th September – O2 Academy 3, Birmingham (tickets) *
Wednesday 7th September – Soup Kitchen, Manchester (tickets) *
Thursday 8th September – The Hope, Brighton (tickets)
Friday 9th September –  Madame Rêve, Nantes
Monday 12th September – Le Romandie, Lausanne (tickets)
Tuesday 13th  September – Bogen F, Zurich (tickets)
Wednesday 14th  September – King Georg, Cologne (tickets)
Thursday 15th  September – Kantine am Berghain, Berlin (tickets)
Friday 16th September – Aalhaus, Hamburg (tickets)
Saturday 17th September – Vega Ideal Bar, Copenhagen (tickets)
Sunday 18th September – Tape, Aarhus (tickets)
Tuesday 20th  September – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing (tickets)
Wednesday 21st September – Les Trinitaires, Metz
Thursday 22nd September – Point Ephemere, Paris (tickets)
Friday 23rd September – Homeplugged, Brussels (tickets)
*with Eleanor Friedberger

About As If Apart

As If Apart, the long-awaited sequel to Chris Cohen’s 2012 soft psych garden of unearthly alter-pop earworms and studio-sonic delights Overgrown Path, follows on its predecessor with another bittersweet ensemble of dreamy, complex songs. Pushing the idiosyncrasies of Cohen’s melodic and rhythmic approach into even more fractured, shifting spaces, As If Apart unsettles lazy pop conventions, upending jaded heads and hearts with an expansive, moody psychedelia. Where Overgrown Path plunged within, As If Apart voyages out. And up.

Sometimes as a leader, sometimes as a sideman and collaborator; sometimes as an invisible musician but you’ve heard him: the chest-high bass drum thump, the tightly paired flight of guitars in odd harmony, the disorienting shift in time and texture that resolves itself into song. Chris Cohen has plied the inside and outside folds of pop musical possibility since at least 1978, when he first set infant drumstick to skin at the tender age of three, initiating decades of sonic experimentation across multiple bands and nearly a dozen recordings.

Cohen’s songwriting isn’t so much disjunctive as subjunctive, asking “what if,” playing against the expected and building suspense, breaking like waves or the patterns at the edges of things. Chris makes music with the patience of a gardener: he went out and collected a backyard’s worth of thorny succulents, took them home and cultivated them like so. They are modular plants – cut one little piece, stick it in the ground, give it time. Come back and find it branching, breaking and replanting itself into tangle and form. You notice yourself changed too.

To say that this is how pop music should have turned out would be nostalgic — a misapprehension of time, pop, history and our place within those structures — what we could say is that this is how pop music has turned out alongside itself –how it has become beside itself – as if apart.

Praise for As If Apart:

“a beautiful, entrancing return” – Clash

“[That] sunny Seventies, slightly psychedelic optimism that made yesteryear California so special is baked into all ten tracks here; a woozy, faded glamour.. beamed through a Laurel Canyon haze.” – 8/10 Loud and Quiet

“His soft-focus psychedelic pastorales evoke a simpler time than the frenzied world we live in, and therein lies his escapist appeal.” – DIY

“As If Apart is a powerful, exquisitely realized journey….” – Pitchfork

“complex, dreamy pop…celestial” – Stereogum

“psychedelic pop-virtuoso” – SPIN

WATCH “As If Apart” –
STREAM: “Torrey Pine” –
STREAM: “In A Fable” –

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