Following on from the 2017 release of her highly acclaimed debut album “Full Closure and No Details”, Gabriella Cohen swiftly offers us up its sequel in the form of “Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love” - and the melancholy mistress of Melbourne can fully expect to be receiving similar plaudits for this effort as well.
Now if her debut was all the more impressive for being recorded in a mere ten days, the story that accompanies the creation of this album is the journey it would embark upon prior to its completion.
Having recorded the majority in the rural countryside setting of a farm in Victoria, Australia, Cohen found herself heeding the call of the road, and took the project with her on a tour that would see the finishing touches applied everywhere from a canal boat in England, to the coasts of Portugal and the mountains of Southern Italy. Adding sprinklings of these surroundings to her work is done as effortlessly as a chef discovering new ingredients as they travel the world and masterfully incorporate them into already established signature dishes.
“Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love” kicks off with “Music Machine” and lead single “Baby”, which set both an upbeat, but at the same time laid back, tone, before Cohen starts to introduce us to the more whimsical and introspective side of her song writing evident in tracks like “I Feel So Lonely” and “Miserable Baby”.
The album never really returns to the out-and-out single material of the opening two tracks but neither does it suffer for it, and listeners will feel as if they are falling deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of emotion that is Cohen's soul. Further album highlights are “Mercy”, with its excellent Doors-esque finale, and the superbly named “Neil Young Goes Crazy” which, rest assured, is everything it promises to be and more.
Brimming with all the sounds of summer, whether it be taking a stroll down Venice Beach, Los Angeles in the baking hot sun, or pulling out the acoustic for a sing-song in the shade outside a cafe in Mexico, this is a record which promises you Autumn will never come. Frequently accompanied by a dreamy doo-wopping choir and always by nebulous and narcotic rip-roaring guitars, Cohen's vocals are as lazy, hazy, and sexy as ever, and the vibrant variety of colours on her musical palette intermingle pleasantly on the triumphant canvas that is “Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love”.