Itasca, John's Little Sister, Sam Goldberg

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Itasca (Paradise of Bachelors)

Cohen brings an airy but mysterious late-'60s/early-'70s psych-folk feel to the fore, and this fanciful account of alfresco domesticity certainly feels like a slice of vintage Laurel Canyon balladry. The mellow glow [her music] generates is reason enough to want to bask in its evanescent light for as long as life's harsher aspects can conceivably be held at bay.

– Jim Allen, NPR Music

4 stars. The world conjured by Kayla Cohen's low, mournful voice, American primitive guitar, and hazy, wandering songs feels simultaneously familiar and unknown, like spectral early '70s Laurel Canyon incantations from a singer whose name and face is always just out of the reach of memory ... Simultaneously spare and complex, observational folk ballads turned psychic and strange by metal-stringed dissonance and troubling Symbolist metaphor. For Open to Chance, Itasca have become a band... breathing warm life into the ghostly riddles of cold watchmen and voices from the forest and releasing them out into the corporal world.

– Andrew Male, MOJO

7.8. A sprawling fascination with the natural world and the nature of people … a record about trying something new and journeying into unknown experiences with eager, if cautious, optimism. Much of that joy comes from Cohen’s guitar and voice, two finely-tuned instruments that are uniquely adept at conveying her ideas and images. It’s the appreciation of possibility, of the paths ahead and the ones left behind, that makes Open to Chance compelling.

John's Little Sister (Cleveland Local Folk Band )

Sam Goldberg ( Cleveland Local Synth, Guitar Dude)

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