Itasca Shares New "Only a Traveler" Single + Video

Shares New Single + Video "Only a Traveler"

New Album Spring Out November 1 on Paradise Of Bachelors

On Tour Next Month
Photo credit: Joanne Kim

“Kayla Cohen's got a voice that glows like the sun at dusk.” - NPR

She is able to conjure up something resembling transcendence." - PITCHFORK

"Itasca's old-soul vocals and antique acoustic guitar conjure up classic folkies from years past like Vashti Bunyan." - VOGUE

"Gentle and placid, but with a deep ache at its center." - STEREOGUM

"[Spring is] a high form of musical travel memoir, melding the beauty of place with a sense of self." - UNCUT (8/10)

"Spring is an album of deep spirits and scorched nature, a place of fragile security, but also deep discovery." - MOJO (4/5)

Itasca's new album Spring is due out next week, and today Kayla Cohen shares a final advance listen of the record, via new single and video "Only a Traveler." Going along with Spring's overarching story of escaping Los Angeles for the quiet meditation of rural New Mexico, Cohen says "Only a Traveler" "describes the conflict between the city mindset and the desire to walk out onto the furthest mesa untethered."

Cohen directed the video, shot on Super 8 in both California and New Mexico. "It's influenced heavily by the opening sequence in Heart of Glass, the film by Werner Herzog, which shows blurred scenes of Bavaria, Germany and Yellowstone National Park, against a soundtrack by Popul Vuh," she says. "Heart of Glass was a 'visual key' for my understanding of how video can interface with music. In the case of 'Only a Traveler,' I hope the viewer can allow and enter a meditative state, to contemplate the slow movement and soft colors of the film."
Itasca - Only a Traveler
Spring is out November 1 on Paradise of Bachelors and features contributions from James Elkington, Chris Cohen, and members of Bitchin' Bajas, Gun Outfit, and Sun Araw. It also features the previously released singles "Lily" and “Bess’s Dance,” praised as "a beguiling rumination" by The Fader. Spring is available for pre-order from Paradise of Bachelors and elsewhere.

Itasca will play a hometown record release show at Zebulon in LA on November 13, followed by a cross-country tour throughout November.

11/13: Zebulon (record release show) - Los Angeles, CA
11/15: Denim Factory - Richmond, VA
11/16: Rhizome - Washington, DC
11/17: Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY  
11/18: Tubby’s - Kingston, NY 
11/19: Dirty Dungarees - Columbus, OH
11/20: Landlocked Music - Bloomington, IN
11/21: The Hideout - Chicago, IL
11/22: Acme Records - Milwaukee, WI
11/23: Moon Palace - Minneapolis, MN