Bradford Cox is a genius. That’s all there is to it. And a prolific one at that. Between his work with Deerhunter and his solo work under the alias Atlas Sound, I’m more than satiated, compelled and intrigued. Cox, who suffers from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by abnormally long limbs, uses his music as a portal into is pain. Who knew suffering could sound so good.
His second album, ‘Logos’, is just as good as his first, ‘Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See...‘ and features a couple collaborations: “Walkabout ” with Noah Lennox of Panda Bear, and the centerpiece of the album for me, “Quick Canal” with Stereolab’s Lætitia Sadier that is truly sublime. The 9 minute journey is like an homage to the late Mary Hansen days of Stereolab. Perfection. Just put your headphones on and get lost.
Atlas Sound and Broadcast play Great American Music Hall in San Francisco tonight.
Artist: The Sea and Cake Album:Car Alarm File Under: Indie Rock Recommended if You Like: Stereolab, American Analog Set, Japancakes, Sparklehorse Featured Track: Aerial, On A Letter
On A Letter:
This Chicago quartet has been around for quite a while and there’s a comfort in the familiarity and consistency of their music. Their latest release, Car Alarm, is no exception. And from the buzz out there in the blogosphere, this is their best album in over a decade. I’ve been listening to their electronic grooves a lot this week. Mellow yet powerful at the same time, they are firmly rooted in Indie rock with a splash of that electronica sound I like so much. It’s smooth, well balanced, easy on the ears and layered with just enough complexity to keep it interesting listen after listen. Like a fine wine.