Ruler Of The Night
Hardly Art Records 
Fire Note Says: Magic Trick is more than just an offshoot of The Fresh & Onlys, Ruler of The Night offers definitive proof!
Tim Cohen is primarily known as Singer/Songwriter for San Francisco’s The Fresh & Onlys. While that band is known for their up-tempo and catchy 60’s garage rock sound sprinkled with elements of Kiwi and country rock, Magic Trick is a different beast altogether. Magic Trick is based on acoustic guitar, harmonies, and a more laid back feel. The songs on their new album, Ruler of the Night, sound as if they were recorded quickly and spontaneously when an idea would pop up during a jam session. In other words, it’s raw and fresh, not labored over, and not overburdened with trying to capture the rock glory that the Fresh & Onlys bring. It simply is what it is, and what a surprising treat that turns out to be!
At times, Magic Trick calls to mind the damaged folk of The Madcap Laughs , such as on the song “Angel Dust”, where the protagonist of the song sings of being haunted until his grave. It’s another dark folky gem, highlighted by a chorus that lifts it to an entirely different level.
It’s great that we as listeners have access to both sides of Cohen’s songwriting with both The Fresh & Onlys and Magic Trick. Here’s hoping he keeps this project active alongside his other, because they are both turning out some of the best music of the decade.
Key Tracks: "Torture", "Angel Dust", "Ruby"
Bands With Similar Fire:
The Fresh & Onlys
-Reviewed by Kevin Poindexter