Issue 22, Magazine, News

Atlas Sound at CMJ + Our Review

Stephen Blackwell :: Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 5:00 pm

Atlas Sound | Logos | Kranky

Last year’s Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel found Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox fully exploring all those multi-textured, uber-ambient sounds that he had only dabbled with in his band’s breakthrough LP, Cryptograms. It was a haunting and gorgeous endeavor, and we dug it—yes, very much so.

Well, now that he’s got that out of his system, Cox is free to indulge in all of his pop sensibilities. And if Logos is anything to go by, they are manifold. “Walkabout,” featuring guest vocals from Panda Bear, bops and jangles like the best of summer singles from the sixties. “Sheila” intermingles bursts of love and suicidal tendencies into a serving of tripped out pop-rock, while “Kid Klimax” filters world-weary vocals through a thick web of psychedelic, trip-hopping noise. And let’s not ignore “Quick Canal.” Here, Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadler’s iconic voice threads each bit of euphoric noise together into an eight-minute dirge that truly soars.

Bradford Cox is clearly not afraid to mix it up and try new things. This record sees him experimenting with new sonic textures, but at the same time keeping things simple and accessible. For lovers up pop-rock and weirdness alike, Logos offers the best of both worlds. Review by Danny Fasold

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Untitled (Track 7) - Atlas Sound