Sounds Like: Ty Segall, The Jesus and Mary Chain
Why You Should Care: Tim Cohen’s project as The Fresh and Onlys takes a darker turn
On House of Spirits, the upcoming release from San Francisco’s The Fresh & Onlys, front-man and chief songwriter Tim Cohen turns to dreams as his source for inspiration. The album’s leadoff single, “Bells of Paonia,” draws influence from Cohen’s time spent at an isolated ranch in Arizona. With a guitar, a Korg, and a drum machine at his side, Cohen, like many musicians before him, sought to capture both the hazy and more lucid sides of his dreams.
The track begins with a brief tape hiss before being overtaken by an onslaught of reverbed fuzz from guitarist Wymond Miles. Even with the sonic dissonance of Miles’ guitar, “The Bells of Paonia” feels slower and calmer than previous tracks by the Fresh and Onlys or Cohen’s other project, Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick. This inter-observation is no “Presence of Mind” and draws more from experimental rock than that of the C86 influence heard on past tracks. If 2012’s The Long Slow Dance saw Cohen reaching romantic highs, “The Bells of Paonia” narrates his coming down and dealing with the hangover.