Café Ale is Los Angeles-based musician and producer Alejandro Cohen. An irreplaceable fixture in LA’s sprawling music scene, Cohen has contributed his deft auditory touch to projects ranging from the hallucinatory Balearic bliss of Pharaohs (100% Silk, International Feel, ESP Institute, Holy Mountain) to the fuzz-drench auteur pop of Languis (Plug Research, Pehr). In addition to his acclaimed musical output, Cohen is responsible for corralling a wholly inclusive and globally-minded stable of tastemakers as director of dublab, Los Angeles’ long-running radio station.
Spanning eight shimmering sketches, 'Transformative Nature" marks Café Ale‘s debut set of recordings. With help from a revolving cast of collaborators, Cohen has crafted a tantalizing medley of evocative, rhythmic burners suited more for a breezy sunset than the dance floor.
Opener “Devout” is an uplifting drift of noise and melody, floating down a river of serrated drones and serene piano keys. “Push-me Pull-U” unfurls its noir-ish, neon-flecked careen through saxophone-littered vistas. “Subir Es Lo Mejor” slithers with a muted and stuttering house beat, perfectly balancing rhythmic meditation with hypnotic transcendence. “Hymn” dials the narrative back into a warbled and woozy ambient symphony of synthetic beauty.
“Stranded” plays out like an autumnal raga for an unseasonably warm backyard house party, while “Dress’n Up” nods to some grand and cosmic melodrama. “Dead Child Song” brings a disarmingly moving melody of love and loss, countered by closer “Fallen Angel,” a curiously shoegaze-y traipse through a slurred and heady, effects-laden dream sequence.
A captivating statement that shows Cohen’s dynamic, wide-ranging, and wholly unique approach to dance music.
released October 27, 2017
Café Ale is Alejandro Cohen.
'Transformative Nature' also features Sam Cooper & Casey Butler
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i bought this because it appears in jeff tobias' (sunwatchers) bandcamp collection (right beside my first solo album)... i had been speaking with an artist on my label (cloud recordings) about our mutual love of avant-garde cello, and this album really appeals to me... if you are interested in layered, morphed cello, check out the sister sai album, extempore (which is available on bandcamp). sister sai played the festival i put on, called cloud recordings festival, and was extraordinary! cloudrecordings
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Muted, greyscale ambient that aptly mimics the introspective calm and leaden stillness of winter. Hushed pads rise and curl like frosted mists, brittle rhythmic elements crunch and crack, and there's a resigned sense of solitude that permeates every second. This isn't quite as vibey and whimsical as "Only Love From Now On," but it's still a worthy addition to Villain's growing discography. PannionSeer