When Bradford Cox’s server got hacked, a version of the unreleased Atlas Sound LP Logos spread all over the web. As he told us recently, that was just a draft; the real LP is a far cry from Let The Blind…, less laptop/bedroom pop, more collaborative, more global. That previous LP recalled some of the spirit if not the sound of Panda Bear’s stunning Person Pitch, so the news that Noah Lennox would contribute to Logos made sense spiritually, and also made sense because the boys are bros. Cox detailed the genesis of the collab in a recent interview with P4K:
I toured for a period in Europe with Animal Collective, whose band dynamic was very inspirational to be around. On the bus, we often played improvised iPod games. We would take turns formulating a theme or unifying concept and then play three songs. The goal would be for everyone to try and figure out the theme. During one of these games, someone played ‘What Am I Going to Do’ by the Dovers. I was amazed at the hook– a weird organ thing with drums and electric bass. I mentioned to Noah [Lennox] that someone should really sample that riff. He agreed and he taught me a little about sampling and matching up beats. This ended up as the collaborative effort ‘Walkabout’
As we learn today, the collaborative effort “Walkabout” is a total jam, equal parts Bradford, Brian Wilson, and “Bros.” Great start to the LP, but also maybe one day we should petition for a Panda Cox album.
Atlas Sound (Feat. Noah Lennox) – “Walkabout” (MP3)
Logos is out 10/20 via Kranky.