MixPicks: Tacoma Night Terror
By Mixtape Mandi
Singer-songwriter Jackie Cohen – aka Tacoma Night Terror - recently released her self-titled debut album, which was recorded Dream Star Studios in deep-valley Los Angeles with producer Jonathan Rado (Foxygen) and their frisky throng of prodigious friends, which include Foxygen’s Sam France and brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario of The Lemon Twigs. Influenced by 60s and 70s pop and folk, early aught New York anti-folk, and an anxiety disorder that has raised the eyebrows of psychologists on both coasts, Cohen is sort of like a stressed out Nancy Sinatra with love in equal parts for the poetry of Virgil, Leonard Cohen, and Adam Green.
“Maddy” gives a sense of Fleetwood Mac in its hushed nature and Cohen’s sultry mezzo-soprano voice, while the title track “Tacoma Night Terror” sounds like a 50s bubblegum pop ballad with elements of 60s psych-pop in its organ and guitar partnership. “Rainin’ Again” is the soulful anxiety-induced lament that focuses on lush organ and harmonies and a descending guitar melody to signify the raindrops.
Make no mistake: Cohen isn’t painting the picture of a perfect lifestyle like most artists are creating in their lyrics. While most artists use the subject matter of losing love and receiving heartbreak as the only negative lyrical content of their music, Cohen sings about insecurities of leaving the house (“Rainin’ Again”), image self-consciousness (“I Hate My Body”), and selfish love (“Darlin’”) masked underneath the feel-good nature of the pop-folk intricacies in the instrumentation.
Listen to and purchase the album on Bandcamp, and if you’re in Los Angeles, be sure to check out Tacoma Night Terror performing with Reptaliens at Ham & Eggs Tavern on Saturday, August 27th.