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Chris Cohen "Optimist High"

  • Breezy backyard summer vibes from a Californian transplant in Vermont

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    Chris Cohen's solo debut Overgrown Path was one of the highlights of 2012, full of bucolic, lopsided pop songs he recorded by himself in a cabin in Vermont. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cohen previously played with a number of high profile indie acts (Deerhoof, Haunted Grafitti, Cass McCombs) before moving east to write and record the album. In the breezy, melancholy "Optimist High," Cohen deals with mixed feelings about his hometown ("Too much of a good thing / Summer's here, it never goes away"). But the track's dark undercurrent is nowhere to be found in this video, which features Cohen playing drums in his backyard while the camera gets up close and personal with the things around him: flowers, bugs, bubbles, etc.

    Overgrown Path is available via Captured Tracks.


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