The keyboardist and producer first made waves back in the late 70’s and 80’s with The Reds.  The aggressive punk rock and new wave sound they produced fit the times well and garnered them a lot of attention and a signing with A&M Records.  As the years passed Bruce Cohen continued to make music and has a prolific solo career.  His first solo album, One BC, release August 2009, contains all atmospheric, ambient instrumentals in the tradition and style of Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel.  Cohen’s 2011 solo venture, Two BC, expands on his earlier ambient themes, yet are even more experimental and danceable.

The most recent record, Three BC, changes it up again.  The 12 track album focuses on the EDM and Trance genres.  Cohen attacked the genre different from most artists of today.  He leads with his natural instrument, the keyboard, as opposed to beat first technique made common by the DJ’s and producers nowadays.  The opening track “Blue Stomp” lets you know right away that this will be something different.  The atmosphere is built as noises come in slowly to build up the track.. The full atmospheric approach continues on “Dead On” with keyboard sounds creating a backdrop as the beat comes in to welcome everyone to the dancefloor. The eerie vibe throughout makes for interesting listening.  On the other side of the coin, songs like “Witches Brew” and “Just Be Boom” get the asses to the dance floor immediately with pounding drum and bass creating the energy, while the tweaking keyboards warp the sound through the song.  Experimentation comes in as well on “Ask Later” with odd sounds popping in and out forcing your mind to open wide and accept anything that can happen.  By the time you reach the closer “Opus Funkus” you will be completely spent with the exotic sounds and emotions created by this complete record.  Find yourself a solid hour and a half and immerse yourself in Three BC. Listen to full tracks on CD Baby ► http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/brucecohen12

∎ Indie Band Guru • July 10, 2016