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Avishai Cohen's 'Hidden Chamber' makes The New York Times 'most notable new songs and videos'

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Every Friday, pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week's most notable new songs and videos. Avishai Cohen's ‘Hidden Chamber' makes this week's list.

The trumpeter Avishai Cohen and his band Big Vicious wrote much of the material for their debut album together, blurring the processes of composition and rehearsing and recording into a single flow. "Hidden Chamber" is a piece Cohen brought to the band fully written, but even so, the looming, soused-in-effects sound of the band becomes the main propulsive force. The resolute pounding of twin drummers and the wash of guitar echo and beefed-up bass give lift and direction to the sigh of Cohen's trumpet. As things drift away at the end, quotations from Mahatma Gandhi and Wayne Shorter turn an eye toward shared inspiration.