Tim Cohen, who you might know from The Fresh & Only’s or from Magic Trick, strikes out with a solo record. Luck Man is filled with songs that are apparently Tim’s way of filling an existential void, meaning that we get to go nice and deep with him. Not that these are bleak numbers: these are subtle songs. Released by Sinderlyn.
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I really want to slap Tim Cohen across the face with a piece of wet halloumi sometimes. There's nothing to recommend over the course of the first three tracks here but it's as if he has to get these out of his system in order to plop out the wonderful 'Meat is Murder'. This is a lovely moody slice of insoucient pop with a driving bass line and mystery kraut groove that kind of recalls the Chills 'Pink Frost'. One he breaks his duck then things improve. 'Breath and Die' is a kind of lo-fi lollop that recalls Syd Barrett and Rocky Erikson and all of a sudden when the rolling chords of 'Bedfellows' appears you start to have a very good album on your hands. 'Sunshine' too is a delicious slab of wondrous lo-fi pop with nods to Sparklehorse and Lily's.
This is vacant and vaporous guitar pop with the sort of chord changes that suggest that drugs were involved. This could explain Cohen's stuttering quality control. Half the tracks here are pretty duff but the other half are rather brilliant. I wonder if he knows which ones are which? I'm sure he doesn't have a clue but for the listener it's worth persevering as there are shards of gold here.
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