Denmark’s Act One Magazine has reviewed Bruce Cohen’s album “Five BC” and states . . . “This is clearly an artist who had a vision and it seems to me like he hit a home run with this one.”
Alex Faulkner has reviewed Bruce Cohen’s album Five BC for his UK blog The Faulkner Review.
After listening to the entire 12-track album Faulkner declared, “Bruce Cohen deserves recognition as a class act in his field and this album should help bring him to a wider audience.” To read the full review and download a FREE mp3 of track 8 “What Is It” click HERE.
“What Is It” is track 8 on Bruce Cohen’s album Five BC, released by Tarock Music 8/18/18. The video takes you to outer space and swept through the universe. The song has a mysterious/funk feel, while the bass and drums drive the groove, and sweeping synths add the melody.
CREDITS: Composed and performed by Bruce Cohen. Video concept, film clip compilation and production by Theresa Marchione. © 2018 Tarock Music
Download a free mp3 of “What Is It” ► https://soundcloud.com/tarockmusic/what-is-it
Tarock Music has released a new album by Bruce Cohen marking his fifth solo venture. The twelve-song electronic excursion that continues his signature take on ambient music with the added element of funk. His 2017 album Four BC was a constrained four-minute per song experiment, while Five BC was recorded with a no time limit total stream-of-conscience approach. Cohen literally took to heart Miles Davis’ witticism when asked the name of the song he was about to perform saying, “I’ll play it and tell you later,” so Cohen didn’t title his songs until after they were recorded. The result is tracks that are an indisputable electronic classic, using a progressive house groove while weaving atmospheric textures of subtlety and beauty, demonstrated by Cohen’s artful skill of manipulating various moods.
If you haven’t yet explored Bruce Cohen’s latest album Four BC, you most certainly should. The story behind it is a unique and interesting one, but more importantly – the music is well worth taking the time out to experience.
We caught up with the artist behind it all for an in depth chat about creativity, inspiration, touring, the future of electronic music, and much more.
Here’s how it went ► http://www.tarockmusic.com/stereo_stickman__bruce_cohen_interview/
(A free mp3 of “Seen” can be downloaded at the end of the interview.)
I spent the weekend listening to a new album from Bruce Cohen. It’s rare to come across a musician that has such a deep vision for music and can captivate the sound around you. This new album is going to transport you out of your ordinary day-to-day mentality and take you to place in your mind has been waiting for you to visit. A place where you can let your imagination run wild and break free from the repetition of life.
Right off the press of the play button, you’re greeted by the uplifting rhythms of the premier track, “HAUS.” This track will get you in the groove and set the mood for album. It is so important for the first track to set the mood of the album and this track has all the right ingredients for a lead-off track. You’ll find depth in the music that reaches far beyond the capabilities of your stereo system. Four BC is an instrumental journey through the vast untraveled landscape of your mind. Each track takes you soaring across a soundscape that has layers of intricacy rooted deep in rhythm. Once the music starts, your ears will be treated like royalty and bathed in the sonic aura of modern music.
It’s not everyday that I come across music that captivates me in such a way that I listen to it on repeat. This album has lasting power and will find a permanent spot in many playlists and music libraries. Fans of Ian Pooley, Broadcast, Moby, BT, and Brian Eno will find this album to be a new juggernaut in their music collection. The undertones of EDM mixed in with the dance rhythms will be a perfect fit for any social gathering. Music that can fill a room and not take over the conversation is like a diamond in the rough. Adorn yourself with the sound of Bruce Cohen and get your mind, body, and soul in motion with his new album, Four BC.
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He’s shared the stage with such acts as The Police, Blondie, and The Ramones. His music has been featured in major film as well as stage theater. He’s written and performed with multiple bands, and on his own. Perhaps you do not know his name, but you’ve likely heard something he’s done, as Bruce Cohen has been at this music thing for some time now.
While his previous band collaborations have produced punkish classic-rock (The Reds) and psychedelic jazz (Big Fun 3), Cohen, on his down time, has been quietly amassing a small library of electronica: 2009’s One BC, 2011’s Two BC, 2015’s Three BC, and of course his most recent effort for which we are gathered here today, Four BC.
However, this song smith’s newest project was produced in a far from typical manner. Rather than recording in the usual and customary fashion, Cohen decided to record the album live, with little to no overdubs, and no edits whatsoever. And, just for an added twist, each song was held to a four-minute time-frame in honor of this fourth installment to the BC series. Let me give you just a bit of a spoiler . . . it worked.
Here’s what we dug most…
Opening with Haus, BC builds a compelling rhythm, bass-line, and multiple layers of synthesized sounds, all the while a contrasting and somewhat divergent key riff loops in the background. As the melodies and layers build and fuse, I kept waiting for said divergent key riff to get old…it did not. Well done first track, he’s clearly a pro.
Straight out of some—as of yet—unwritten Sci-Fi film score, Luna is an ambient, percussion-less ocean of sound expanding in all directions, which reminded me of Ridley Scott’s 2012 film, Prometheus.
Seen is like something you might hear over an epic medieval battle sequence. The composition is suspenseful as inner, core rhythm and synth features drive on while ambient layers of sound arise from the exterior. This track is compelling and inspirational. (See video, and download a free mp3 on SoundCloud.)
In keeping with Four BC’s Sci-Fi theme, Pawn is a spacey rave/dance track that could simultaneously make the cut for both your “chill” and “weekend” playlists.
Our Favorite Track:
Capping-off this 12-track experience with Well, I must tell you, this is exactly what I wanted in a final track. The album has its light and its dark, its peaks and valleys, and as strange as it’s going to sound, I really wanted to leave this experience feeling refreshed. That said, ten seconds into this last piece, I knew it was going to make my all-time relaxation playlist (not an easy accomplishment). Combining gentle and subtly raw sound elements with a flute-like melody-line, Cohen closes the album in truly majestic fashion.
Like the ambient, symphonic soundtrack to someone’s fantasized, Sci-Fi life, Four BC is an adventurous, imagination-stirring, sonic experiment that is loaded with dynamic contrasts which alternate frequently between rhythm schemes that fit perfectly in the rave club scene—and—formless, morphogenic clouds of free-form sound that can transport your being-ness to another time and place. And, with more or less flawless production, what we have with Cohen’s fourth solo effort is entirely satisfying.
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