Atlas Sound “Parallax” (2011)

November 10, 2011

Parallax by Atlas Sound aka Bradford Cox aka the-man-fronting-Deerhunter comes as a nice surprise. I expected a neurotic record of ambient and loudness (just think of Quick Canal featuring Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab from 2009 terrific Logos) from the über-prolific musician but no. Instead, Mr. Cox presented us with twelve croons, equally charming and hypnotic. Oh, and his best yet. Atlas Sound may finally feel at ease with himself but the truth lies much deeper. As usually, Bradford sings mostly about Bradford (and his demons). But Parallax is listed as “science fiction” genre so prepare yourself with close encounters with the cosmos. This theme was suggested by the late Trish Keenan from Broadcast, a friend of Bradford (he dedicated the album to her which I find very touching). Musically, Atlas Sound explores territories which are well-known (Doldrums) and quite new (Terra Incognita). His vocal performance is superb, like on the already mentioned elegant and moving Terra IncognitaAmplifiers and Modern Aquatic Nightsongs have the right balance between being straightforward and quirky. And no, Te Amo is not a Rihanna cover. Parallax invites to discover an extremely interesting universe from a musician who probably will never cease to amaze.

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: Amplifiers, Doldrums, Modern Aquatic Nightsongs, Te Amo, Terra Incognita

Listen to Terra Incognita: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rY5Uf4E0e4

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