11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gabriella Cohen recorded her sophomore album inside a remote Victoria farmhouse, but its spirit is somewhere on Sunset Boulevard. Full of hazy textures and psychedelic twists, Unconditional Love feels like a joyride through rock's history books: There are electric flickers of The Doors (“Music Machine”), Blondie-esque ethereality (“Hi Fidelity”), and Loretta Lynn’s elastic howl (“Morning Light,” which left-turns beautifully into bossa nova). The Melbourne singer’s rich imagination keeps these songs from feeling derivative or predictable. On the heartbreak lullaby “Miserable Baby,” she switches between doo-wop exuberance and surf-rock gloom, adding a teasing layer of mystery to the lyrics underneath: “You called from L.A./I forgot how to say, ‘Oh please stay.’”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gabriella Cohen recorded her sophomore album inside a remote Victoria farmhouse, but its spirit is somewhere on Sunset Boulevard. Full of hazy textures and psychedelic twists, Unconditional Love feels like a joyride through rock's history books: There are electric flickers of The Doors (“Music Machine”), Blondie-esque ethereality (“Hi Fidelity”), and Loretta Lynn’s elastic howl (“Morning Light,” which left-turns beautifully into bossa nova). The Melbourne singer’s rich imagination keeps these songs from feeling derivative or predictable. On the heartbreak lullaby “Miserable Baby,” she switches between doo-wop exuberance and surf-rock gloom, adding a teasing layer of mystery to the lyrics underneath: “You called from L.A./I forgot how to say, ‘Oh please stay.’”

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About Gabriella Cohen

Melbourne, Australia's Gabriella Cohen writes hazy, melancholy tunes which reflect on lost love and loneliness. Influenced by Mazzy Star, the Velvet Underground, and '50s/'60s pop, her fuzz-soaked tunes are dreamy and laid-back, intimate and introspective. Cohen and fellow songwriter Jim Griffin formed shambolic garage pop duo the Furrs in early 2013, and the band released two well-received EPs and played numerous gigs across Australia, sharing the stage with the likes of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and the Babe Rainbow. Cohen wrote solo material during this time, releasing two digital EPs of demos on her Bandcamp page. Several songs from the 2015 demo ended up on her full-length debut, Full Closure and No Details, which was independently released in 2016. The album received acclaim from several magazines and websites, including Mojo, Uncut, and Rolling Stone Australia, and Captured Tracks re-released it in 2017. ~ Paul Simpson

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