Captured Tracks have gone and captured themselves another bunch of tracks from Australian songsmith Gabriella Cohen. The follow-up to her 2015 debut LP sees Cohen honing her craft and turning in some well-heeled indie-pop in the vein of labelmates Mac Demarco and Craft Spells. With songwriting this good, Pink Is The Colour Of Unconditional Love could well prove to be a big record for 2018.
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'Australia's Sweetheart' screams the press release. Definitely better than Minogue, Everage or Barnett then. This is Gabriella Cohen's second album of perky and quite crunchy pop music. It's simple and effective rather than thrill a minute exciting. The lyrics on 'Baby' must be tongue-in-cheek because no-one over the age of three could have constructed lyrics this banal. The tune is nice though and it's good not to have to think about anything complicated for awhile.
And this is the appeal I presume of Cohen's songs - they sound like 50's doo-wop things from back when the only thing anyone had to worry about was their guy/gal and whether the jukebox was working properly. I'm waiting for an exciting chord change or a lyric I may think is beyond something my 2 year old nephew might have thought of but it's not going to happen. Instead we can wallow in the beauty of the verse bits of 'Change' which have a gorgeous early Beach Boys haze to them before the song heads off in other less moody adventures.
I demand more complexity to my music than this so I'd better go off and listen to some 10CC. Meanwhile this is a nice worry free way way to spend a slow afternoon. Just leave your brain at the gate.
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