Boomkat Product Review:
Walking Up Walls is the second album from Alice Cohen. This Brooklyn-based musician and visual artist recorded these songs at home, and perhaps partly because of that they command an uncanny, almost confrontational level of intimacy. A kind of harsh, dissonant take on dream-pop and shoegaze, Cohen's music offsets her whispery, melodic vocals with guitars that probably have more in common with Suishou No Fune or Keiji Haino than they do with Robin Guthrie. The melodies are there, but often the barrage of effects and queasy distortion will carry the songs beyond Cohen's grasp. These moments where the music seems to spiral out of control are perhaps the finest though, and you get a true sense of unencumbered expression as everything starts to fall apart. Nice sleeve too.