Saturday, October 24, 2009

Review: Atlas Sound - Logos (* * * *)

For Bradford Cox (known primarily as the frontman for indie heavyweights Deerhunter), albums released under his solo moniker, Atlas Sound, are clearly labors of love. When early versions of the songs that would eventually make up his new album, Logos, accidentally made their way onto his blog (he was, unfortunately, the one responsible), Bradford was so upset he nearly scrapped the entire project. For a man who routinely offers free tunes of all sorts on that same blog, this may have seemed like an overreaction, but it’s obvious that Cox intended for his sophomore solo effort to be more than just a collection of tossed-off experiments, non-album cuts or covers; and now that we get to hear the final and finished product, we should be thankful he decided to complete it. For Logos, Cox takes what was started on Atlas Sound’s debut, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel, and expands it, opening the process to collaborators and varying the stylistic approaches to a more intriguing and somehow accessible end. (Continue Reading...)