Into The Grey Salons is the 5th solo release from singer/musician Alice Cohen. The album features cosmic R&B-tinged dance tunes and soulful gospel-flavored ballads, with experimental synth interludes interspersed throughout the LP. Into The Grey Salons was inspired by a historic department store from Cohen’s youth during the glitter rock heyday when David Bowie was recording Young Americans at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. The “Sigma Kids” - young fans sporting Bowie haircuts - would line up to buy concert tickets at the grand ornate building, while the gothic pipe organ played inside. Out on the streets, the iconic “Sound of Philadelphia” was everywhere. The “haunted department store” is a symbolic space - where desire and commerce intersect, and identities are performed in the reflections of dressing room mirrors. Recorded at home in Brooklyn over the course of two years - all instruments were played by Alice Cohen, with additional drumming by Bryan Ujueta of Mr. Twin Sister, and additional vocals by Autre Ne Veut.
Listeners new to Alice Cohen’s work might hear the slinky synths and programmed pads of “Backwards” and assume the song is influenced by the darker side of disco’s heyday. But Cohen’s music isn’t a nostalgia act - at least not in the way you’d think. Though she’s flown under the radar for most of her career, Cohen has been crafting lucid pop songs for nearly four decades. Cohen isn’t mining the past for inspiration, but refining a sound she helped create. “Backwards” is a touch kitschy, with an aesthetic that combines Glass Candy’s
fog-machined chic with cosmic imagery. - Pitchfork