Although cult-psych-folk-rocker Damien Youth does not play on Chris Cologne's 2000 Horn CD, it's going to generate unavoidable Damien Youth comparisons (among the few hundred or so people who follow Damien Youth, anyway). For one thing, the CD is on the Blackberry label, which issues much Damien Youth product. For another, singer/guitarist/bassist/pianist Cologne's sole accompanist, electric guitarist Zane Armstrong, did an album with Damien Youth under the name Walter Ghoul's Lavender Brigade. And, most importantly, Cologne bears a similar late-'60s British psych-folk influence in his music. He also uses similar sparse acoustic guitar-based arrangements and charmingly reverbed lo-fi production that brings to mind one man (or two men, as is often the case here) sitting alone in an empty room. For all that, Cologne's actual music is not incredibly similar to Damien Youth's. It's more upbeat and lighthearted, creating a full rock-aligned sound with just a few instruments and no drums, as Donovan, the Incredible String Band, and early T. Rex did in the late '60s. To shovel in the comparisons once more, Cologne actually doesn't sound much like Donovan or the Incredible String Band, but he can sound like early T. Rex at times (particularly in some of his vocals), although he's more melodic. Horn is not a major or deep effort, but it's pleasant and uplifting, anachronistic but not in an embarrassing way.
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