Friday, October 23, 2009

Album of the Week: Atlas Sound’s intimate Logos

Atlas Sound: Logos

Apparently the cover of Logos is a photo of its creator, the hyper-talented and clearly emaciated Bradford Cox, vocalist for Deerhunter, sometimes drummer for Lotus Plaza, and solo force behind the Animal Collective-inspired lofi bedroom project Atlas Sound. And it’s an apt image for Logos, equal parts entrancing, creepy and mysterious. It’s also an unexpectedly intimate record, from the loveliness of song-of-the-year candidate “Shelia,” to the slow, eight-minute groove of “Quick Canal” (with a surprise vocal take from Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier) and the Bibio-ish “Kid Klimax” (mixed in with a couple of sleepy droners, like “Attic Lights” and “An Orchid.”) In the end, Logos is a delicate record, with probably not enough on its frame, but captivating nonetheless. B+

Atlas Sound:
Walkabout ft. Noah Lennox (from RCRD LBL)
from the album Logos

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