11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Logos makes a terrific follow-up to 2008’s wonderful Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel. There’s a slightly lighter feel here, and the disarmingly sunny “Walkabout” not only features the most upbeat, chirpy synth notes we’ve ever heard from Bradford Cox, but the icing may be the ethereally omniscient vocals of Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox. Cox has a fine voice himself, but hearing layers of Lennox’s vocals in a tunnel of reverb, with an inarguably “pop” wrapping of Cox’s design, is a real treat. “Criminals” is the musical equivalent of a languid afternoon on the beach, with the faintest tropical vibe lurking in the relaxed rhythm, sparkling guitar and muted woodblocks. There's plenty of ambient haziness (such as the fragile “Quick Canal,” featuring Stereolab’s Lætitia Sadier, and the bittersweet “My Halo”), but when Cox can coral those amorphous bits of beauty and give them a hook (such as the winsome refrain on “Sheila,” a stellar Cox vocal performance), that’s when the artist really lives up to the name Atlas Sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Logos makes a terrific follow-up to 2008’s wonderful Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel. There’s a slightly lighter feel here, and the disarmingly sunny “Walkabout” not only features the most upbeat, chirpy synth notes we’ve ever heard from Bradford Cox, but the icing may be the ethereally omniscient vocals of Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox. Cox has a fine voice himself, but hearing layers of Lennox’s vocals in a tunnel of reverb, with an inarguably “pop” wrapping of Cox’s design, is a real treat. “Criminals” is the musical equivalent of a languid afternoon on the beach, with the faintest tropical vibe lurking in the relaxed rhythm, sparkling guitar and muted woodblocks. There's plenty of ambient haziness (such as the fragile “Quick Canal,” featuring Stereolab’s Lætitia Sadier, and the bittersweet “My Halo”), but when Cox can coral those amorphous bits of beauty and give them a hook (such as the winsome refrain on “Sheila,” a stellar Cox vocal performance), that’s when the artist really lives up to the name Atlas Sound.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
260 Ratings

260 Ratings

HotelRuanda ,

A poem for Bradford

Atlas has a distinct sound
From up north to down south
Mr. Cox has eased my dreams
With subtle in betweens
that resonate through my veins
All, only, when he takes the reins.
Yes Deerhunter had astounded
When their latest album surmounted
The year's charts of the past
But looking ahead surely this will last
For Atlas Sound, Logos is his best
Make sure to listen, see him at a fest.

David W. ,

holy moly

this is so chill and amazing; even better than his first. might not be immediately resonant, but after a few listens, i'm hooked. wonderful transitions; everything just flows seemlessly. it sounds like the moment when you wake up from a dream and are still a bit hazy.

Leseifer ,

Beautiful

I really liked the last Deerhunter album, and was 2/3's impressed with the first Atlas Sound one, "Let the Blind....", but I gotta say, after downloading Logos, it's been on constant repeat in my Ipod and my brain. There's something about this one that really sticks with you. I think it's sonically textured so seamlessly and richly that it keeps revealing itself to you with each listen. It's much more focused and catchy than Bradford's first solo release, but no less experimental or personal. There are no throwaway songs here. The collaborations are fresh, definitely showing the influence of his respective partners, but still dripping with the Bradford Cox vibe (and you could definitely do worse than channel Stereolab). This and Bill Callahan's " I Wish I were a Horse" are my two favorite albums of the year by a mile right now.

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