Unmoored By The Wind

by Itasca

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ITASCA /// UNMOORED BY THE WIND
10.14.14 | MARMARA RECORDS 15

Kayla Cohen, a.k.a. Itasca, is a folk guitarist and songwriter from New York State. She has released several small press CD-rs and cassettes over the past five years, and began recording as Itasca after a move to Los Angeles in 2012. She records at home, taking inspiration from the fringes of LA's open space and natural land.

On Itasca’s latest full-length, Unmoored By The Wind, Kayla Cohen achieves new levels of clarity and expansiveness. Where 2012’s Grace Riders on the Road reveled in homemade intimacy, Unmoored By The Wind opens to the world, reaching a timeless, near-baroque yearning; each of these eleven tracks burns with a unique vision. At once soft-spoken and virtuosic, Cohen’s fingerpicking mesmerizes, laying gauzy groundwork for vocal work David Keenan rightfully cited as “courtly…dazzling.” It’s a spacious set of songs, one you can wander into, flowing seamlessly between wistful interludes a la Bob Desper and fully-fledged verses of powerful, often beguiling imagery. “Two male shapes are standing/ Shrouded in white cloth” sings Cohen on “Nature’s Gift,” with a plaintive candidness that echoes Sibylle Baier. “They’re looking at me/ Sort of smiling/ Seems as if I’ve called them here.” Cohen’s voice has a windburnt quality reminiscent of Lal Waterson or Collie Ryan, but it’s tempered with sweetness, and on songs like “Colt In Hiding” she realizes an angelic luster. More than ever before, though, Cohen’s confident singing is laid bare; vocals ride on top of arrangements, taking their rightful place in the forefront. The effect is arresting. Cohen has achieved new levels of clarity, while staying true to the seductive ghostliness that has come to characterize her sound.

Purchase the vinyl edition from New Images Ltd. here:
www.newimageslimited.com/catalog/itasca-unmoored-by-the-wind-pre-order

Reviews for "Nature's Gift":
- www.pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/17032-itasca-natures-gift/
- www.stereogum.com/1697791/itasca-natures-gift/mp3s/
- www.cmj.com/news/listen-itasca-natures-gift/
- www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/new-music/itasca-natures-gift

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released October 14, 2014

Written & Recorded by Kayla Cohen, August 2013 through June 2014
Cover photo by Rose Mackey
Mastering by Sean McCann

Original LP design by Rob Carmichael, SEEN
Tape Insert / Insert Photo by K. Cohen

Printed on 80lb Natural Cream Linen style paper housed in a clear norelco cassette case with crimson red ink imprinted on a white cassette shell. Professionally duplicated CHROME cassette with DOLBY NR.

Includes a digital download of the entire album.

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