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Long Beach, New York, United States | SELF

Long Beach, New York, United States | SELF
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""abolutely amazing""

Today, I don't have any sludge or post metal oder post rock... today, I have a fine singer/songwriter record straight from New York that features some folk-influenced tunes. Writing and recording the Widest Smiling Faces took Aviv Cohn four years which one can clearly hear when linstening to those 12 very different tracks.

After reading the very long list of people and bands that he cites as influences on his Myspace page, I was kind of baffled when I realized that the two artists I was immediately thinking about weren't on that list: Peter Hammill and John Frusciante. Because, in my opinion, this records sounds like a very fresh mixture of Niranda Lades & Usually Just A T-shirt , Shadows Collide With People and the absolutely amazing Clutch.

What is also abolutely amazing are the tunes Aviv presents on his debut album: insanely beautiful ballads (Books and Newspapers, Cough Syrup), straight rock songs (Edge Of A Knife) and a few instrumentals, which are mostly interludes (Airplane, Death). When listening to those interludes I had to think about Shadows Collide With People... but on that particular record, I found those interludes to be very annoying, whereas here they are a perfect fit, matching the overall mood of the record.

I have to say, Aviv Cohn gave us a fantastic Lo-Fi record, that has only one flaw: it's way to short. But, I guess I'll choose 27 great minutes over 60 mediocre ones every day!
- Silence is Also a Sound: Post-Rock Community


""I enjoyed this album immensely""

The first two artists that popped into my head while listening to the Widest Smiling Faces self-titled album were Atlas Sound and The Microphones, which is immediately good company. The project of Aviv Cohn, the Widest Smiling Faces combines acoustic riffs with reverb, creating an eerie bedroom vibe.

From the beginning of the *12-song album through the end, the guitar is crisp, but just muddled enough to add a background that harmonizes with the rest of the song. The harmonies behind the guitar playing add another degree to the music, filling the empty space that would otherwise be there. The opening track, “My Room,” sets the tone for the entire album, showcasing everything that is present, while the title really does make the listener think about this being meticulously recorded in a bedroom, while trying to get every little detail right.

One of the greatest strengths of Cohn’s writing in the Widest Smiling Faces is that his vocals do not always have to carry the melody. He lets the guitar speak on its bed of reverb when necessary. One track that stands out to me as a changeup from the rest of the album is the third track, “Edge of a Knife.” Here it’s just Cohn and his guitar, no reverb, no frills. The result is a cutting melody, much like that of a knife, that reminds me much of Straylight Run in the delivery and content.

The crowning achievement of the album is “The only lonely ocean.” This song immediately struck me during it’s soft instrumental intro, but as soon as the guitar melody started playing, I was immediately enthralled. The walking riff almost reminds me of a Christmas-time melody, but the ocean of reverb darkens the mood. Instantly my favorite track, “The only lonely ocean” is the Widest Smiling Faces as a whole, the embodiment of the entire album.

One more track I felt a great connection with was “Jellyfish Song.” The way delay is used on the sound of a hand sliding on acoustic guitar strings is strangely haunting and makes for a deep ambient background.

I enjoyed this album immensely, and it’s going to go on my playlist for winter albums, along with Atlas Sound albums and Microphones albums. It’s the perfect album for a cold winter day or late at night when you just want to stare at the ceiling.

–Daniel
- Fresh Heirs


""as refreshing as it is delicately written""

Today my bro Daniel posted a review of a self-titled debut album by New York’s Aviv Cohn —aka The Widest Smiling Faces—up on a blog I contribute too called Fresh Heirs. I felt compelled to write and share something about this guy too.

Cohn’s equal parts Microphones and Mountain Goats influenced acoustic bedroom pop is as refreshing as it is delicately written. A certain ability to apply a soft touch to the recording and penning of these songs shines through on every track. “Edge of a Knife” is my immediate favorite, but all of these songs are worth a listen or two.

You can download The Widest Smiling Faces debut LP over at their bandcamp page and/or pay $5 for a physical copy. - Cautious and Carefree


Discography

Debut Album: the Widest Smiling Faces - the Widest Smiling Faces

Currently #1 in the Avant Garde, Atmospheric and Minimal Genres on Bandcamp.com

#4 in the Post-Rock Genre on Bandcamp.com

#2 in the DIY Genre on Bandcamp.com

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so tell me cousin do you think like/that I do, or is it something in your napkin?

I'm not too lucid these days, too much sitting around watching, but not at all taking much in. of course i’ve tried hard, and i’m still vining up the branches, im still growing i promise, even if i feel like a puddle, even if i feel like a waste of a stomach.

calling my friend in the water, a speck of color at the bottom of the sink