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.
Bruce Cohen is a founding member of the Philadelphia band, The Reds®, who’s first self-titled produced by David Kershenbaum, showed the band’s impressive blend of Rick Shaffer’s guitar, and Bruce Cohen’s keyboards. The album was supported with live appearances with such diverse acts as The Police, Joe Jackson, Blondie, The Ramones, The Psychedelic Furs, and Public Image. Cohen’s solo projects include musical scores for theatrical productions and his electronic album series “One BC”, “Two BC,” “Three BC,” and now the latest 2017 album – “Four BC.”
The liner explains that on this recording, Bruce Cohen returned to his ‘ambient electronic roots, with the slightly added twist of totally improvising every song to fit a self-imposed four minute time frame, with little to no overdubs, and no edits whatsoever.’
Douglas Rushkoff notes in his book that “ambient music isn’t a set of particular sounds one listens to but a space in which one breathes.” In “Four BC” the layers and washes of sound and music can be focused on or ignored, lazily mind-surfed or instead analyzed.
Never a trite “sound collage”, a problem which plagues so many in this genre, this album has moods, textures and rhythms that lend well to repeat listening. So you can dig deep or soar to the shore with this exceptional work.
Come equipped with a truly open mind because “Four BC” is easy to dismiss without one. As improvised music, it shouldn’t be surprising that one needs to experiment in finding the appropriate setting and circumstances for realizing its potential.
It may be as simple as using headphones in darkness; for others, it may need to be experienced in nature during a particular time of year. But the genius is in there waiting for you. If you can’t be bothered to put in the effort, then listen anyway as you’ll still find plenty to enjoy in terms of rhythms and sounds. It just more accurate listening is so much more rewarding.
I am a devout listener of ambient/electronic music, and when I played through “Four BC” for the first time, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, because I was so used to the mundane commercial tracks of mainstream artists. I became instantly attuned to the vibrant, melodic vibrations and flowing wave-forms, and ethereal pings that instilled the vastness of space that was all beautifully, subtly and tastefully filled.
Frequencies are substituted for real soundscaping, as the tracks here, are evocative and extremely pleasant to listen to. This is music that favors abstraction and improvisation, yet everything sounds well-planned out and accessible enough to hold your attention.
On the album “Four BC,” Bruce Cohen offers us more than mere sonic manipulation. He looks beyond synth manuals and realizes music that is an inextricable weave of sound engineering, solitary reflection and ambient aesthetics. Consider the album’s tracks as various degrees of emotion, lingering, and then shifting to another state. For me, the musical subtlety of “Four BC” is in the impression left, rather than the story told.
∎ Rick Jamm — JamSphere MAGAZINE
All of the pencil sketches in the video are the work of Cuban artist Emilio Sanchez (1921 – 1999) from his private collection created from 1940 to 1999. His full biography can be read at The Emilio Sanchez Foundation.
View “SEEN” on YouTube ► https://youtu.be/SwCTUP-_kM8
And, download a FREE mp3 of “SEEN” on SoundCloud ► https://soundcloud.com/tarockmusic/seen-bruce-cohen
Bruce Cohen’s track “Blue Stomp” is a polite, solid take on retro sci-fi vibes arranged into safe patterns of resilient trance fascinations. The name of the game is chill, and no black holes worth inspecting are imminent this time, Miss Hawking.
Movement is sanely sacrificed for the establishment of mood. A well sculpted, yet deliberately isolated sonic structure greets your senses both in the form of the intro, and in the form of the outro. You are not organic, not machine, but something happened in between. Optimal effect! A cool experiment on display, that has nothing to do with the subject matter other than the act of courting it from both ways. Then the track is quick to reveal its character as being assembled from individually thought out parts, and surprises of baffling character are deliberately absent from the mix.
The organic musical backdrop itself is bare-to the-bone enough to summon the classic tint of video game culture as it was raging through the early ‘80’s and ‘90’s. Did you ever type “Final Signal” and “Moody Breeze” yet into YouTube? Those were, and still are fun themes, filled with a playfully soul-crushing sense of isolation and irrefutable doom, (trapped in open space comes to mind) moods akin to the one featured in “Blue Stomp” — read on to know more about it.
As hinted, the central melodic idea that ensues at the middle of the composition, invokes a retro sci-fi feel with enough charms in it to soak a pair of ears into it via two consecutive turnarounds. Cohen’s creative conduct fortunately is experimentive enough to market the lead melody with a harmonious collision-pair on each repetitions, and a nice understanding of the operations of introspective retro sci-fi indeed is observable when the two lines are flirting with each other to the conclusion that you will be inevitably sucked into outer space, and you will have a terrible day indeed, but you still have time to make amends as a legitimate participant in the consciousness ecosystem. Since the nature of the song is more of a chill-out character with a well established pulsation to it, the track ultimately arrives to its conclusion with the unchallengeable notion that the message was delivered through the more elegant simplicity on auditory display — and such is the case.
Download a FREE mp3 of BLUE STOMP on SoundCloud ► https://soundcloud.com/tarockmusic/blue-stomp
Watch the BLUE STOMP video on YouTube ► https://youtu.be/yzFIlmEpr-Y