Atlas Sound – Logos

January 01, 1970

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The subtleties between Bradford Cox’s two main musical
outlets, Atlas Sound and Deerhunter, can be, well, subtle at times. In general,
though, the former has been the testing ground for Cox’s experimental solo
work, while the latter has consisted of his more rock-oriented (but still
experimental) full band arrangements.

 

On the new Atlas Sound album, Logos, these lines are sometimes crossed and blurred. “Sheila,” for
example, a droning but somehow poppy dirge, would feel right at home on the
last Deerhunter record, as Cox intones, over and over, “We’ll die alone,
together…” Over all, the new album has a more organic, cohesive, ensemble tone
and construction than the previous Atlas Sound album, Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel. Songs like
the eight-minute long “Quick Canal,” featuring Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier on
vocals, though, hearken back to that first record, as a whispering programmed
drum track skips along under synthesizer waves and thumping bass. The same can
be said for the ambient electronics of “Kid Klimax.”

 

But from the album’s acoustic/IDM opener, “The Light That
Failed,” to the ‘60s pop-referencing collaboration with Animal Collective’s
Noah Lennox, “Walkabout,” Logos is
clearly an ambitious evolution in sound. Whether trading riffs with his fellow
band members in Deerhunter or digging into the recesses of his mind with Atlas
Sound, Bradford Cox continues to make fascinating and beautiful music.

 

Standout Tracks: “Walkabout,”
“Criminals” JONAH FLICKER

 

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