Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Atlas Sound Parallax

The latest solo record from one-man four-track recorder Bradford Cox is probably his most accessible release under the moniker, striking a pretty even balance between the hazier Atlas Sound material as well and Cox’s work in his more widely-known outfit Deerhunter. The songs on the record, for one, seem structurally tighter; songs like “Angel Is Broken” and “Lightworks” could easily fit on to Halcyon Digest; “Modern Aquatic Nightsongs” itself is an off-kilter, seasick “Helicopter.” Moodier explorations like “Flagstaff” and “Terra Incognita” seem to revolve around a more cohesive sonic core than anything on Logos or the Bedroom Databank series. While there’s no mistaking that this is solely a Bradford Cox venture, certainly, Parallax exhibits more crystallized, sharper examples of his songwriting capabilities.

Parallax is out 11/8 on 4AD. Several other tracks from the album have also leaked, including “Te Amo” and “Amplifiers.”

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