Parallax (LP)


Atlas Sound

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Amoeba Review

11/08/2011

“Found money and fame/But I found them really lame” Atlas Sound's Bradford Cox says at the outset of his latest release, Parallax. As an ambient-minded artist who also supplies his talents to a more overarching rock band (Deerhunter), Atlas Sound is usually an outlet for Cox's more spectral, less effusive leanings. But, judging by that line, the album cover depicting him as some rockabilly crooner and the still very pop-structured songs on Parallax, Cox doesn't hide his personality behind noise and indechipherable vocals, as some of his contemporaries do. Rather, Atlas Sound seems to be a venue for Cox to try out difference guises — the electro-calypso of “Te Amo,” the, okay yes, croony and swoony “Mona Lisa” and the voiceless but not persona-free ambience of tracks like “Quark Part 1” and “Part 2,” which close out the album on dreamy notes of fluttering piano and gurgling synths, creating a sort of auditory representation of a beautiful aquatic landscape. But mostly, Parallax sounds very much like Cox, with his trademark three-to-four-chord choruses and ability to sneak in clever lines and noisey details where you least expect them.



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