Atlas Sound – Logos
September 2, 2009 § Leave a comment
I’ve talked about my love for Deerhunter/Atlas Sound‘s’ music on here before and today will be no exception. With the release of Atlas Sound’s upcoming album Logos in October there’s a lot of anticipation in the air. The album features some notable collaborations, including Animal Collective’s Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) on “Walkabout” and Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier contributing lyrics and vocals on “Quick Canal.” The album actually leaked over Mediafire causing Bradford Cox to almost cancel it’s release. “Many of the songs where simply ‘placeholders,’ songs I created quickly to help design the ‘arc’ of the album. I did not react well to the leak, in retrospect. It became the kind of internet-fueled drama that I was quickly learning to despise. I had always desired to speak through music, not blog posts and interviews, etc. I considered abandoning the project.”
I’ve been listening to the leaked version and am now greatly anticipating the album’s release. I love what I’ve heard so far and highly recommend picking up this album when it comes out. If you haven’t yet bought any other Deerhunter or Atlas Sound albums I highly recommend doing so as well.
more from Cox about Logos, with tracklist in extended.
My last album was a bedroom laptop type thing. Very introverted. Logos is an album that was recorded all over the world. It’s not about me. There are collaborations with other musicians. The lyrics are not autobiographical. The view is a lot more panoramic and less close-up. I became bored with introspection. This was also the case with Deerhunter’s Microcastle LP, which was written during the same period.I started recording December of 2007. I recorded the first version of the album, which was not intended for release. Due to some unfortunate mistakes on my part, this ’sketch’ of the album was leaked. Many of the songs where simply ’placeholders,’ songs I created quickly to help design the ’arc’ of the album.
I did not react well to the leak, in retrospect. It became the kind of internet-fueled drama that I was quickly learning to despise. I had always desired to speak through music, not blog posts and interviews, etc. I considered abandoning the project.
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 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’.
Each song on the album has a similar story. That might be my favorite thing about the album. It’s a collection of songs. There is no ’filler.’ There are little scrapbook details everywhere. Sasha Vine provided a double-tracked improvised violin part to ’Attic Lights’ which was recorded backstage at a Deerhunter/Sian Alice Group show in Brighton. It might be my favorite moment of the album. I played it for some younger friends of mine. They cringed. They wanted more songs like ’Walkabout’. Something with a big beat. I told them when they get older they will appreciate things like harmonicas and violins more.
Laetitia from Stereolab, who I idolized as a teenager and would later befriend on tour, contributed words and vocals to ’Quick Canal.’ The song was originally about 15 minutes long. I had zero ideas for vocals and asked if she could give it a shot. Andy Ramsay took a dub of the original and recorded Laetitia’s vocals at his Press Play studio in London. It was quite a treat to hear the finished product, now at an economical nine minutes.
Almost everything you hear on the album is a first take. This makes it almost like a ’live album’ where a band sets up in a studio and just rolls tape. There are songs on here I don’t even remember recording.
1. The Light That Failed
2. An Orchid
3. Walkabout [ft. Noah Lennox (Panda Bear)]
5. Attic Lights
7. Quick Canal [ft. Laetitia Sadier]
8. My Halo
9. Kid Klimax
10. Washington School