Wharf Cat Records has teamed up with over 20 artists, including Palberta, Alice Cohen, and Profligate, to raise funds for the American Civil Liberties Union. The multigenre record, ACLU Benefit Compilation, is the brainchild of Wharf Cat Record’s Michelle Nigro, and is a result of the donated time and efforts of an expansive network of musicians, engineers, and manufacturers. For every $32 double LP, a minimum of $30 will go to the non-profit organization.
“Following 2016 political events, Trip and I began talking about a way Wharf Cat Records could help,” says Nigro. “As a record label, making a compilation record to benefit the ACLU was an obvious answer.”
We’re happy to premiere the first single off of the collection: a chilling synth-pop track by Brooklyn solo artist Alice Cohen, featuring Cohen’s airy voice and haunting, shadow-like synths. Cohen began working on “Hourglass” during the Summer 2017, with the mixing and recording expertise of Many Colors Music’s Jackie Werner. Cohen explains how the song was recorded during a difficult period in her life.
“'Hourglass' [was] recorded following an intense time in my life,” Cohen told AdHoc. “The song just flowed out, when I started working on music again. I composed it on the RS09 keyboard, and got a rough recording down quickly. The verses have a shadowy vibe, with incense smoke and journeys to the ‘edge of town’ symbolizing the hidden corners within ourselves. “It's sort of a pop song about facing your own mortality, with the symbol of the hourglass, and ‘time running out.’ It's about urgency. The choruses are more uplifting, with fairy tale imagery, which is a theme I've been exploring: castles, dragons and angels, but in a crumbling, fractured way. The hourglass is about the urgency to enjoy life, even when things are falling apart.”
You can check out the single from the compilation below. You can also preorder the compilation here
before it's release on April 20 via Wharf Cat Records.