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New Album Pleasure Boy Out Now On Bella Union
"a stunningly emotive album fueled by a rough breakup and the inevitable anxieties and melancholy that follow" --Blackbook
"The first lines of "Claremont" suggest that Hannah Cohen has reached an emotional breaking point: I'm not gonna let you take this away from me / I've let you break almost everything. The track contains little besides softly-strummed guitar and Cohen's quavery-but-resilient voice."—FADER
"Pleasure Boy—a refined and emotionally hard-hitting effort" --VICE
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To celebrate her run of shows with the legendary Paul Weller (The Jam, Style Council), Hannah Cohen has released some exclusive new music on Blackbook. Brooklyn duo Hidden Fees, compromising of DJ Ivan Sunshine and guitarist Thomas Gluibizzi have remixed Cohen's sultry track 'Lilacs'. Hannah herself notes that "This remix is especially fascinating to me because it's not even close to what I was thinking of for the tone of music to accompany the lyrics when I was writing the original."
Music often comes from a deep place, and in the case of Hannah Cohen's stunning and heartrending second album, it's very deep indeed. Mainly inspired by a painful break-up and the anxieties that loss can trigger, Pleasure Boy cushions its sadness in an exquisitely nuanced soundscape of aching melancholy and lush melody where Hannah's vocal conveys all the different shades of heartbreak. Following the album's completion, she's survived the calamity and found a new level of happiness, but to paraphrase the classic Sixties hit, there will always be something there to remind her with Pleasure Boy.
Pleasure Boy, like her debut Child Bride, was produced by Bartlett, aka Doveman and was the result of Hannah and Bartlett, "bunkering down with my songs, experimenting with different tones and sounds, and layering them. My first record was so airy and roomy, I didn't have patience for that again, I wanted more movement, something more mysterious and witchier, so we created this sound wall together."
"I wanted the music to hurt, to have a visceral effect," Hannah says. Her voice sometimes sounds delirious or icy; other times she recalls the vulnerable, piercing beauty of Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) and Karen Peris (The Innocence Mission). But Pleasure Boy's sound wouldn't exist without the vision that launched it. The album title arrived as the record took shape. ""Pleasure Boy, the character of much of the album is someone who represents gluttony, decadence and richness," Hannah explains. She admits it was a tough record to make, given she was aiming to heal emotionally while feeling "devastated and hurt. But it wouldn't be the record it is if I hadn't done that."
Paul Weller tour dates below:
Tour Dates w/ Paul Weller
June 12th - New York, NY - Terminal 5
June 13th – Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
June 14th - Clifton Park (Albany), NY - Upstate Concert Hall
June 15th – Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
June 17th – Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
June 18th – Indianapolis, IN - Vogue
June 19th – Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Smalls TheatreJune 20th - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Pleasure Boy Track list:
3. Watching You Fall
4. Fake It
6. Queen Of Ice
7. Just Take The Rest
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