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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Tag Of The Day! Karen O & The Kids ‘All Is Love’

All Is Love is the lead single taken from the soundtrack to the forthcoming Spike Jonze film ‘Where The Wild Things Are’. More commonly known for fronting the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Karen O has stepped outside of her comfort zone, to craft an album that compliments the spirit of the film perfectly. ‘All Is Love’ features contributions from several notable musicians – include fellow YYY’s Nick Zinner and Brian Chase as well as Deerhunter/Atlas Sound front-man Bradford Cox.

Through the use of a Children’s Choir on backing vocals, the track encapsulates the childlike innocence of Jonze’s film and proves that film soundtracks should never comprise of thoughtless backing songs.

New Music First! Atlas Sound and Panda Bear get together.

It was only a matter of time until these two heroes of the blogosphere would join forces. And this is it, Deerhunter’s lead singer Bradford Cox and Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear, the most renowned member of Animal Collective, have teamed up to create one of the best songs we have heard this year.

“Walkabout” is the first taster of Cox’s second album under his Atlas Sound moniker, Logos, to be released next October. It was created while the two musicians’ respective bands were touring Europe together and came across the track “What I Am Going To Do” by cult sixties Santa Barbara garage/folk-rock band, The Dovers. They decided to sample it, and upon that they have built up this joyful tune; much in the sunny, psychedelic manner of Panda Bear’s acclaimed solo album, “Person’s Pitch”.