The Jon Co­hen Ex­per­i­men­tal

Montreal Gazette - - Arts -

Be­hold In­de­pen­dent

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.

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