Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Atlas Sound – Logos


1. The Light That Failed
2. An Orchid
3. I Know I Will Escape
4. Difference BT
5. St. Echo
6. Quick Canal
7. Avoid The Void
8. Nocturnal Drivers
9. My Halo
10. Eros
11. Thanatos
12. Logos

Atlas Sound is the venue for which Bradford Cox of Deerhunter creates music that he feels works better as a solo effort. Bradford has been a prolific musician since he was young. He found his pseudonym in the name of a tape recorder he used in his bedroom while teaching himself guitar. He eventually started using lots of delay pedals on his voice and guitar, all while honing a unique sound. The result is a lush and beautiful arrangement of tones and electronic effects. Definitely one of if not the biggest thing going on in the Shoegaze scene right now. This album, along with almost everything else he puts out, has it’s own atmosphere to it. For me, it transcends every other thought that I have and wraps me in a warm blanket of security. After a stressful day there is nothing better than listening to this, trust me.

This album was actually leaked by Bradford himself, through his blog, on accident. Mediafire had changed its settings so that anyone can browse through the account unless you turn it off. Bradford didn’t know this and when he posted a link for a demo someone got everything off of his account. This included Weird Era Cont., the companion to Deerhunter’s critically acclaimed Microcastle. Needless to say, Bradford was a bit pissed. It was months before an already leaked album was to come out and now it’s secret second disc was also leaked along with his solo follow up to Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel.Originally, this album was tagged by Bradford himself with a picture of himself flicking off the camera. He was especially upset because this version of the album has not been mastered. He apologized on his blog but posted more sporadically for a while.

This was of great disappointment to the community that was growing around the blog, and the open discourse with fans and band members. He has stated that he is going to scrap this project completely. Later, he claimed that he was going to rewrite everything on the album. So yes, this album is a little bit old. If you’re reading this blog, you have most likely already heard it or at least heard about it. I’m posting it because I believe that it is a release worth your time. Even if it is an incomplete version, it’s still better than half of the stuff out there.