LP released: May 01, 2024

Side A
1. Wild Wolf
2. Bodies In Motion
3. Life In A Bag
4. Inner Galaxies
5. Under Chandeliers
Side B
1. Baby's Fine
2. Vanilla Tea
3. Telepathic Postcards
4. Queen Anne's Lace
5. Fragile Flowers
Cat No: DCR041
Barcode: 3616846108571
Packaging: LP (100g)

Brooklyn-based, avant-pop/rock musician, producer, and visual artist Alice Cohen (formerly
of The Vels) shares her second offering "Bodies In Motion" accompanied by a collaged stopmotion
video created by Alice. The atmospheric track follows lead-single "Wild Wolf". Both
are taken from her stunning forthcoming album, Moonrising, to be released July 8th via
Styles Upon Styles (US) + Dinosaur City (AU/NZ).
Alice shares about the song: "Written during a heavy time during the pandemic when
protests were happening regularly against police brutality and the murder of George Floyd
and other POC - the song embodies the atmosphere of the black helicopters flying overhead
as people gathered and struggled to fight back, and find solace during all of it. The song
touches on mysticism (the witches brew in the lyrics), and religion (sweet dreams of Jesus,
angels, etc) - as attempts at comfort, while we hibernate into caves to create - for me
personally, I went into my own cave to make this record…and then coming out of our caves
again to participate in our collective struggle. The song relays my impressions of that time,
very melancholy but also hopeful as our collective bodies gathered together to connect and
move forward."
Alice Cohen was living with solitude in new ways while writing and recording her seventh
full-length record, Moonrising. The pandemic was beginning to set in and the lifelong synthpop
experimenter had recently said goodbye to her father, who passed away in late 2019. 'I
spent six months down in Philly clearing out his apartment by myself,' she says. 'He was the
last member of my family. It was a heavy thing. I'm the sole survivor. And then on the last
day, when I shut the door, the lockdown was starting in New York.'
Moonrising is an album about grappling with loss, a kaleidoscope of dim-lit pop with dark
guitars and gothic flourishes. Like her previous records, the homespun production is crafted
from vintage synthesisers and drum machines, drawing from her backgrounds in new wave
and grunge, and channelling a deeply-ingrained sense of groove. But on Moonrising, Cohen
draws primarily from her days in the 90s rock scene, playing guitars and bass. In addition to
working as a jazz pianist, Cohen’s father was also an engineer who helped develop
equipment used in the Apollo 12 moon landing, so for Cohen, the moon strongly symbolises
her childhood. Each night after supper, they would look out the window. 'We would watch
the sun set, and the moon rise,' she recalls.
Raised in Philadelphia by musician parents, the nightly-gigging lifestyle was part of Cohen’s
upbringing. From a young age, music has been central to her sense of self-expression. As a
child, Alice would lay in bed, singing melodies, to try and make herself cry. If the melodies
elicited an emotional response, she knew she was onto something. Through her teen years,
she played in local coffee houses, and then in disco cover bands, before forming the funk
group Fun City. In the 80s, she sang with the Polygram-signed Billboard-charting act, The
Vels, and wrote the dancefloor classic 'Deetour,' recorded by Karen Young. Cohen moved
to New York in ‘87 and played with countless projects spanning math rock, synth pop, and
improv, including Roadrunner Records’ Die Monster Die. Since 2008, she has focused on her
solo work. And despite multiple major label contracts over the decades, other forms of work
sustained her creativity—teaching music and art to children for nearly 20 years, and working
long stints in restaurants.
How do we contend with the galaxies within ourselves? On Moonrising’s first single, 'Wild
Wolf,' Cohen sings of alter-egos, repressed desires and ghosts of her past. The foreboding
and glimmering single is a conjuring, a witchy ode to 'loners and independent spirits living a
solitary life,' she explains. 'Wolves are solitary creatures. I'm a bit of a loner.' The song plays
with idealizations of marriage—'Always the wedding singer / never to be the bride,' she
sings on its hook—but ultimately meditates on self-reliance. 'In the end, I'm sort of married
to myself,' she reflects.
While working on Moonrising, Cohen escaped into the mystical and the occult, watching
horror films and reading sci-fi books. "The pretty disco stuff didn't seem to fit with the climate
of the world around me, and what I was going through," she explains. "Life In A Bag" is a
reflection on the season of her life shuffling between cities to care for her late father. 'I was
on trains back and forth between New York and Philly, sleeping on a futon in my dad’s living
room, just constantly rolling this suitcase around,' she recalls. With sparkling sadness and
scuzzy riffs, 'Vanilla Tea' was written at her dad’s apartment building, and paints a vignette
of its lobby TV lounge, where tenants would gather and drink tea.
Cohen’s filmic, dreamlike music is uniquely visual—a testament to her longtime work as a
collagist and stop-motion animator, making material that feels tactile and timeless. She
records at home, employing a unique approach to her Linn drum machine—the same
machine she has used since the Vels. The drum machines are played by hand, rather than
programmed; she plays each separate drum track live in real time, giving the records a
uniquely organic feel. Moonrising also includes additional instrumentation added remotely
by longtime collaborators Adrian Knight (vibraphone, keyboards and percussion) and David
Lackner (clarinet, saxophone, flute and percussion). For Cohen, her albums are like time
capsules. And with Moonrising, she has admittedly captured a rather difficult time in her life
—giving voice to a type of perspective we don’t often hear in the ageist music industry. 'This
particular time period was dealing with the end of my childhood,' she observes. 'My parents
are gone. It’s a new era now. I'm on my own.'
During the pandemic, the album title took on further meaning, when evenings felt cracked
open with possibility and protest. There were times when going outside at night was literally
criminalised. 'Bodies In Motion' is strummy and psychedelic, a reflection on emerging from
our personal caves for new seasons of togetherness, out in the streets and dancing in clubs.
'As the sun rises each day, the moon rises each night, creating a liberating space for dreams,
fantasies, and our more lunar, intuitive side,' Cohen says. 'Moonrising embodies our
nocturnal alter egos shapeshifting like witches and werewolves under the light of the moon,
and hopeful visions of a more utopian future.'