Dubliner Christian Cohle’s debut video and song, Breathe, cue up heady ambient music that explores the disconnect between humanity and the world that we have created and live in right now. Synth’s weave in and out with bass and drum moving the songs forward. Christians sing slides in and out between the notes and everything comes together in an album that is a really good listening experience.
Cohle says: “Breathe was predominantly informed by experiences I was going through at the time, but also very much influenced by the neo-noir science fiction film, Blade Runner 2049.” I was hooked at the mention of Blade Runner and the music fits nicely with the content of the movie.
Breathe opens with what sounds like a double kick drum beat and from there moves seamlessly into synth and vocals that build momentum. I am pleased with the way Christian built tension, almost imperceptible at times, but never the less it did build and then release. The video, from the creative mind of Tristan Heanue, alternates between the starkness of a windswept beach to Blade Runneresque shots of Christian in a room alone. Wanting life but being broken and alone are deftly portrayed in both song and video. Director Heanue comments on the video; “The character struggles as his sense of connectivity to his world declines, and he is forced to adjust. Gradually he moves between this captivity and liberation, sometimes only briefly until he finally crosses over the threshold, and is freed, accepting his reality.”
Discussing the inspiration behind his new record, Cohle says: “Breathe was predominantly informed by experiences I was going through at the time, but also very much influenced by the neo-noir science fiction film, Blade Runner 2049.”
Come on, an album that is influenced by Blade Runner hooks me right there, and then the music seals the deal. Christian Cohle is worth spending time listening to. And watch the video too, they are both darn good.
BREATHE – 21ST FEB 2020
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