Ex of Brighton and now based in Berlin, John Cohen has been recording and performing as half of Dead Fader since 2010 and has released music on labels like Tigerbeat6, 3by3 and Robot Elephant. His first solo release was a DVD on the Broken 20 label.
A haunting collection of abrasive electronic noise shot through with equal parts hypnotic vitriol and poignant melodicism Deaf Arena is John’s debut full-length album and is available as a limited CD in gatefold card wallet with 4 page booklet.
The album was mastered by Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique) and features vocals by M. Mariner on the title piece and boasts what has to be one of the tracks of the year with Human Distortion.
Like a contact mic'd ageless woodcut of just-post-feudal spiritual ritual, the whiteout drudge and dang of mud caked fertility dances dreamt up by the some windswept, blotchy cheeked Dungeons and Dragons mesiter whose basement hovel sprawls beneath yet another godawful Berlin video artists medicinally white-walled studio apartment. Keep hearing descending washes of snow-tone squeal every time they put the tap on. Must get that fixed. Roasted to within an inch of its life. Early Loefah cd-r's indigested through Pat Maherr's '95 knockoff walkman. Whitechapel smog fantasias. Franz Kline's pet slug. Had their first real taste of a rave culture cruelly snatched away from them by nepotism and “professionals”. Eternity in a shipyard. Equator thick line of asbestos. Lawrence and Wishart, 1956. Just because the church organist believes all that shit doesn't mean he isn't capable of total baws-oot oversharing. We've all said things we regret. Far too beautiful for the internet.
Daniel Baker (Ship Canal)
released 28 September 2013
All songs written and produced by John Cohen
Track 7 Deaf Arena featuring vocals by M. Mariner
Mastered by Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique)