First Look: New Atlas Sound Album

 

Deerhunter’s Bradford
Cox returns in his solo guise with
Parallax,
out Nov. 8 on 4AD.

 

By Jhoni
Jackson

 

 

As the
original outlet for Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, Atlas Sound has always leaned
toward the strange, fuzzy and abstract. But Cox sings a decidedly different
tune on Parallax, making the title –
which relates to a shift in perspective that makes background objects appear to
move slower than those at the forefront – incredibly suiting.

 

 


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The album is elaborately layered, lush and
melodic, an obviously far stretch from the four volumes of Bedroom Databank recordings Cox released online. And though Cox
found a more accessible sound on 2009’s Logos, the LP has more in common with Halcyon
Digest,
Deerhunter’s most recent offering. Though Cox maintains his
signature subtle desolation, he’s more self-assured than ever this time. Gentle
introspection – instead of the outright melancholy he often exudes-paired with
sway-worthy melodies make Parallax the
most listenable Atlas Sound album to date.

 

Maybe
that’s not what Cox intended, but pushing the avant-garde wallowing into the
background this time around is a surprising, lovely relief.

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