July ’12 CD of the Month: Ruler of the Night by Magic Trick
Tim Cohen, best known as the frontman of San Francisco’s The Fresh and Onlys, releases Magic Trick’s top-notch second album, Ruler of the Night. Magic Trick was initially conceived as a solo side project, where Cohen would pour out new material during spare hours between touring with The Fresh and Onlys. Cohen recruited his friends James Kim (of Kelley Stoltz’s band), Alicia Vanden Heuvel (of Aislers Set), and Noelle Cahill to help him play live tunes. After successful performances with Magic Trick, Cohen set out to make the band more than a solo venture.
And so, on his sophomore release, Cohen had his friends join him. Ruler of the Night mixes country-twang, psych and 70s folk rock all in one. The album is about atmosphere. You feel Cohen’s longing, you visit his tunnel of love. In the melancholy song “Melodies”, he moans “I’m barely alive today” while marimba adds a contrasting brightness; Cohen is a master at making the album both depressing and uplifting. He’s able to joke about his darkness, too. He claims that “Melodies” was especially sad because he was “really hung over”. Ruler of the Night is beautiful in its misery.
Out on Hardly Art, Magic Trick’s Ruler of the Night is Radio 1190’s CD of the Month for February. Radio 1190 would like to thank Twist and Shout for their continued support of the CD of the Month Club. If you would like to join Radio 1190′s CD of the Month Club, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.