Itasca Announces New Album ‘Imitation of War’, Unveils New Single

    Itasca, the project of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Kayla Cohen, has announced a new LP. Imitation of War, the follow-up to 2019’s Spring, was co-produced by Robbie Cody of the bands Wand and Behavior. It arrives February 9 on Paradise of Bachelors, and its lead single and title track is out now. Check out a video for it below.

    “This song was originally inspired by the film My Night at Maud’s, but then became much more than that —the long dialogue scene in the middle of the film where the two leads are discussing religion and self but are also conversationally dancing with and around each other,” Cohen explained in a statement. “Then a few days later a friend spoke the phrase “imitation of war,” and to me it became a way we operate with each other, imitating peace or war through our antagonisms, intended or not, through the ways we’ve all learned to be.”

    “That’s where the inspiration for the title and the chorus came from, and then through working on the song more the story mostly became about chasing the muse when writing music and making art, and then taking on the costume of muse myself,” Cohen continued. “And I wanted to write what for me is almost a power pop/glammy song with the chorus effect on the guitar, and have fun with the riffs and guitar arrangement. The music video plays with the ideas in the lyrics and shows all of the people who have worked on and played on the record in various guises and environments.”

    Imitation of War Cover Artwork:

    Imitation of War Tracklist:

    1. Milk
    2. Imitation of War
    3. Under Gates of Cobalt Blue
    4. Interlude
    5. Tears on Sky Mountain
    6. Dancing Woman
    7. El Dorado
    8. Easy Spirit
    9. Moliére’s Reprise
    10. Olympia

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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