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Editors’ Notes

Bradford Cox, who has been recording music as Atlas Sound since he was a young teenager, seems to be exorcising a number of past (and present) demons through his music. Both his band, Deerhunter, and his solo music as Atlas Sound can be explosively abrasive, or soothingly ambient, with a hazy, psychedelic wash filtering it into its final form. Here, on his first full-length release as Atlas Sound (where he traded in a 4-track for a computer and some slick software), Cox takes the more delicate approach. An intense shoegaze effect permeates Let the Blind ..., coated the project in a sort of narcoticized emotional veneer. The beautiful ache of “Recent Bedroom” is palpable, with its circling guitars and angelic vocals; the shimmery ambience on “Cold As Ice” raises goose bumps even as it soothes; “Small Horror” moves at a glacial, Sigur Rós pace, an elegiac tribute to longing and loneliness; the drugged-out surf guitar is a perfect expression of Cox’ swooning affection for the subject in “Ativan.” Helplessly eavesdropping as Cox works through the growing pains of adolescence and budding adulthood with admirable determination, we get the feeling that everything’s gonna be all right.

Customer Reviews

let's stick to what's relevant, and please avoid personal insults

it's really unfair to judge Bradford Cox's music by referring to his appearance. he has Marfan syndrome, and those who have this genetic condition tend to be very tall and skinny (those being the visually obvious symptoms: but there are others, some of which are possibly disabling or even potentially deadly). so...he doesn't choose to look that way, and he's definitely not anorexic. OK? we should be evaluating releases based on their musical merit, rather than the artist's physiological aspects.

two words....

epic greatness

I saw a rainbow at 31,000 feet...

All I can say is RESPECT to Bradford Cox for creating one of the most brilliant masterpieces of modern times. I am in love with every second of Atlas Sound's debut. Sheer genius. I say this with such conviction as it was all I listened to on recent four hour flights to and from Seattle. The view was crystal clear and his music made the perfect soundtrack. I took a hundred photos and sync them up with the album whenever I can. It is an experience better than heroin. May the stars protect Bradford Cox. And thank you to 4AD for releasing an expanded version of the album... GO ATLAS SOUND!

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Atlas Sound is the solo project of Bradford Cox, the striking and eccentric vocalist for experimental indie rocker act Deerhunter. Cox was born in 1982 in Athens, Georgia, a town whose burgeoning music scene greatly influenced the singer. He identified with the B-52's while growing up, particularly the late Ricky Wilson, and co-founded Deerhunter with drummer/keyboardist Moses Archuleta in 2001. Deerhunter released two full-length albums and an EP before taking a break in 2007, with the bandmembers...
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