Monday, March 3, 2008

Atlas Sound - Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel

Atlas Sound
Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
(02.2008, Kranky)
Verdict = Fantastic Ghostly Pop

After a year of making repeated waves with his involvement in the blooming art punk of Deerhunter in 2007, lead man Bradford Cox turns the corner into 2008 with an absolutely mind blowing solo excursion with Atlas Sound. First off, if you liked Deerhunter you will love Atlas Sound. However, the projects are not quite synonymous. With Atlas Sound Cox has created a shimmering, ghostly record that sits like a glowing mist. In fact I think ghostly is the key here. Opening the album with the sample of a child’s story of a ghost named Charlie, the introductions charming yet slightly creepy ghost vibe permeates through to the very end of Let the Blind Lead. The album is scrupulously layered with textures that wash over the top of the songs, muting the melodies and vocals into a hazy state. The effect is soothing and, again, ghostly in an oddly comfortable way that allows the record to float as if you weren’t sure it was there at all. I think the glory of the record is how easy it is to listen to. Cox isn't making any rash statements here. With Atlas Sound he is simply providing the low key spectral pop that seems to be his strongest card and playing it consistently. This will definitely end up as one of the best albums of 2008.

-Mr. Thistle

Atlas Sound - "River Card"

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