The effortless and immediate appeal of Chris Cohen's 2012 debut, Overgrown Path, was virtually undeniable. The record emitted a sort of ethereal warmth that cocooned listeners in a pleasant vibe reminiscent of that spot in the park you love and only tell a select few about so as to protect its sanctity.

This time around, on As If Apart, Cohen has occasionally upped the tempo and the psychedelia, resulting in several moments where I found myself wondering if I was listening to a Tame Impala record circa 2010. When Cohen ascends into a falsetto, such as at the end of the album's first track, 'Torrey Pine,' his voice can become practically indistinguishable from that of Kevin Parker. However, more often than not, his voice does not waver from the low, yet appealing tone that was found throughout his debut. It is a weird sort of half-evolution that was introduced on Overgrown Path but not quite fully realized on As If Apart.

The fact remains that Cohen thrives on mid-tempo jams where he can croon beautifully over a soothing guitar and softly tapped drums. Songs like 'Drink From A Silver Cup' and 'In A Fable' follow this formula with delicate precision, as Cohen exudes a sense of calm and care that few can convey through music alone. The album's best moments feel like continuations of the first record and, while this is far from a bad thing, it may not satisfy all listeners.

While one can and should commend Cohen for experimenting with quicker tempos and more psyched out instrumentals, as these new forays still make for compelling songs. But it is hard to deny that his sweet spot is still in the glowing softness that made his first record such a delight. As If Apart will still add a few gems to your chilled out summer evening playlist, but it certainly leaves a little to be desired in regards to the evolution Cohen was clearly striving toward.