Along with Zambri’s Baasa House and Mina Tindle’s Taranta, Hannah Cohen’s Child Bride stands out as one of the classier debut releases of the year so far. It’s dripping in vocal sweetness and brooding tenderness – a powerful album that deserves end-of-year-list recognition. Before that happens though, we thought we get in a Call Back.
Bowlegs: Which album has been a major influence in your life, and why?
Hannah: It’s hard to pinpoint just one album. I listen to a pretty wide variety of music, from Deee-Lite to Neil Young to Caetano Veloso and more. So it’s kind of hard to say. I had a Greatest Hits Neil Young CD that I listen on repeat for about a year. That was the only thing I listened to, so I guess that was pretty impactful.
Bowlegs: What was the last album you bought?
Hannah: Vinyl. Cantar- Gal Costa.
Bowlegs: Which bands have you been listening to this week?
Hannah: Sibylle Baier, but she’s not a band. The End is devastating.
Bowlegs: Name an up-and-coming band Bowlegs should look out for?
Hannah: Zebra Katz’s Ima Read. Watch the video.
Bowlegs: What was the last gig you went to?
Bowlegs: Who is the best band you have ever shared a bill with?
Hannah: Elysian Fields.
Bowlegs: What was the first gig you ever went to, and who did you go with?
Hannah: I went to a James Brown concert in Oakland with my dad and my sister.
Bowlegs: What made you realise that being a musician was the career of choice?
Hannah: Music makes me feel good. Nothing else matters to me when I’m playing my guitar. It’s an escape.
Bowlegs: What is your favourite music documentary?
Hannah: Bill Withers. I am in love with him.
Bowlegs: What was the last film you saw, and was it any good?
Hannah: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I watched with Doveman and we didn’t want it to end!
Bowlegs: Name three great books Bowlegs must read?
Hannah: Just Kids by Patti Smith; Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriele Garcias Marquez; and A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh.
Bowlegs: What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Hannah: Currently a chipped tooth, but I like it.
Bowlegs: Name a song that takes you back to a certain time in your life?
Hannah: Billy Holiday’s Lover Man. Winters at home in California.
Bowlegs: What is one of your favourite album covers?
Hannah: Tom Zé’s Todos os olhos.
Bowlegs: What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
Hannah: I woke up the other day laughing, thinking of the previous night and what trouble my friends and I got into.
Bowlegs: Do you think music videos are important and do you like making them?
Hannah: Definitely. I love making music videos. Little mini conversations.
Bowlegs: Are albums still important or is it more about individual tracks?
Hannah: I still believe in the power of ‘the album’. But I do understand, as well, that individual tracks are more exciting for others.
Bowlegs: What do you have planned for the next six months?
Hannah: Work on new projects and hopefully be able to travel and play some shows.
Bowlegs: What is on your iPod that you probably shouldn’t admit to?
Hannah: I don’t have an iPod.