Atlas Sound @ Cargo, London. 15/11/09

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Bradford Cox is a prolific artist. One of the finest examples among the recent wave of noise-pop bands revisiting the sounds of British shoegazing; when not busy with his band Deerhunter, Cox finds the time to release his solo recordings under the Atlas Sound moniker. He provides a constant flow of musical output, currently giving away a virtual single with two new songs through his blog, just a few weeks after the release of Atlas Sound’s second album ‘Logos’, which he came to promote with a show at London’s Cargo kickstarting a six-date mini-European tour.

Laetitia Sadier was a surprise addition to last night’s bill. Armed with just a guitar, she gave an intimate preview of her latest work; so fresh that she claimed the songs will sound better after she’s had rehearsed them in her bedroom ten more times. The Stereolab singer was followed in supporting duties by the London five piece act Sian Alice Group, rooted in post-rock and the edgier side of indie music. Sadier appeared onstage again, joining Atlas Sound at the beginning of his set for a rendition of their recent collaboration ‘Quick Canal’.

Atlas Sound comes across as truly genuine and spontaneous, introducing almost every song by chatting with the audience. He performed a set comprised mostly by the tracklist of ‘Logos’ in a one-man orchestra, DIY manner; alternating his place between the guitar/effects and the drums, while adding multiple layers of cassette loops and an occasional harmonica to mesmerizing effect. Other highlights were a stripped down version of ‘Walkabout‘ –another collaboration, this time with Noah Lennox of Panda Bear/Animal Collective fame – and ‘Attic Lights’, highlighted by Cox himself as his favourite song to play.

The atmosphere was so relaxed that the artist compared the shows with being in his room with a lot of mates. After agreeing to take some request and someone asked for Pavement, he even attempted to guess the guitar chords of the alternative icons’ ‘Wowee Zowee’ favourite ‘We Dance’. Altogether, it all made for an impressive show, confirming Bradford Cox/Atlas Sound as one of today’s more interesting musical propositions.

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