The Jon Cohen Experimental
As a former member of the Dears, among other bands, Jon Cohen has planted deep roots in the Montreal scene. You reap what you sow: his trio’s second album features a roll call of local illuminati, including Rishi Dhir ( Elephant Stone), Angela Desveaux and Liam O’Neil ( the Stills). This would count for little if it weren’t for Cohen’s skill with understated funk and modernist new-wave hooks. The heated soul in his vocals on Brain Pollution make one wish Cohen would break out of his half-whisper more often, but whether he plays it hot or cool, there’s a lot of talent here, and only a fraction of it is in the guest list. ½
JORDAN ZIVITZ The Jon Cohen Experimental launches Behold tonight at 7 at Bain Mathieu, 2915 Ontario St. E. The group also performs Sept. 30 at 11 p. m. at Club Balattou, 4372 St. Laurent Blvd., as part of Pop Montreal.