14 Songs, 50 Minutes

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.

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.

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About Atlas Sound

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 citing a desire to sort out their personal lives in the interim. Cox shifted his focus to Atlas Sound, having already issued a split 12" vinyl and a pair of EPs under the same moniker. Molding his sound from a wide range of influences -- including doo wop, electronica, and Elvis Presley -- Cox then set to work on Atlas Sound's full-length debut, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel. The album appeared in early 2008 and received strong reviews, fueling Cox's decision to quickly begin work on a second album. Later that year, however, an unfinished copy of the intended sophomore album was leaked from Cox's MediaFire account, causing the exasperated singer to consider abandoning the project altogether. He eventually returned to the material, polished its rough edges, and released the finished product -- now titled Logos -- in 2009. Cox followed up with another solo effort in 2011, releasing another album under his Atlas Sound moniker, Parallax. ~ Andrew Leahey

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