(All photos by Gabriel Barbaro)
If there was a problem with Lana Del Rey, it’s that, from the start, she was so much languidness, and not enough heat. The fire, apparently, did not walk with her. But there’s no question that she (and surely Bat For Lashes) sparked a wave of interest in the sort of gothic folk songstress that just begs a place on a David Lynch film soundtrack.
And last evening, as a part of the always brilliant Annie O. music series at the Standard East Village hotel, we were treated to a spine-tingling and haunting performance by she who is surely the next great mistress of chanson gothique, one Hannah Cohen. Set against a particularly majestic late winter sky, she held the assembled cultural cognoscenti in rapt awe, showing off a new, more electronic and histrionic style from that which characterized her 2012 debut album Child Bride.
We’re not the only ones that have noticed. Cohen has already played muse to the likes of Richard Prince, Terry Richardson and Ryan McGinley. More importantly, her new album Pleasure Boy, featuring the ethereal but fevered single “Keepsake”, will be released by Bella Union on March 30th. Discover her, before everyone else does.