Magic Trick is the '60s psychedelia and '70s folk-influenced band led by the Fresh & Onlys' frontman, Tim Cohen.
The group began in San Francisco as Cohen's solo outlet between Fresh & Onlys tour dates, which yielded the albums The Two Sides of Tim Cohen, Laugh Tracks, and Tim Cohen's Magic Trick between 2009 and 2011. When it came time to play the songs live, Cohen tapped James Kim (Kelley Stoltz), Alicia Vanden Heuvel (Aislers Set), and Noelle Cahill, with Magic Trick eventually morphing into a full-time band. The first official Magic Trick release, The Glad Birth of Love, arrived on the Empty Cellar label in 2011, featuring four long-form compositions infused with Cohen's vivid lyrical imagery and sounds ranging from acoustic blues to dense ragas to lush harmonies, followed later that year by the Bad Blood EP for Captured Tracks. Magic Trick jumped to the Hardly Art label in 2012, offering sophomore album Ruler of the Night that June. In 2013 the project found itself on yet another label, with third album River of Souls arriving on Empty Cellar late in the year. ~ Chrysta Cherrie, Rovi