Words: Linn Branson
It feels like it has been forever since the former frontman of S.C.U.M. ventured solo after the band broke up, putting out his first offering, 'Honeymoon' in the autumn of 2013 - which was our Track Of The Day at the time.
Inspired by the works of singer-songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt, Judee Sill, Van Morrison and Jim Sullivan, Cohen had embarked on writing material for what was to be his debut solo album back in 2012.
However, when tragedy struck on a very personal level in April 2014, it was to temporarily put a hold on his career. It was Cohen and his mother who were to discover his wife, Peaches Geldof, mother of their two small boys, dead at their Kent home.
Relocating to Iceland to write and record the rest of 'Bloom Forever', Cohen is aware there’s a risk that some listeners might view the entire album through the prism of spring 2014’s events.
“I would hate for somebody to listen to the record and just think about me, you know? That’s not why you really make music. You’re making music for somebody else to emotionally respond to," he says.
The album is a chronologically ordered document of the songs Cohen wrote between 2012 and 2015, and will be preceded by a debut 12” in March featuring the first two of those songs: the aforementioned 'Honeymoon' and 'Bloom Forever'.
'Bloom Forever' - which you can stream below - recounts the birth of his second son, to which he “wrote the lyrics in the hospital on the day he was born."
'Bloom Forever' Tracklisting:
02. Bloom Forever
03. Morning Fall
04. Hazy Shades
05. Country Home
06. Ain’t Gonna Be No Rain
07. New Morning Comes
08. Only Us
09. Mother Mary
Thomas Cohen plays London's Village Underground on January 25 as part of Pias Nites with TOY and Oscar. This marks his debut solo gig. See further details here.