Atlas Sound: Album/Tour

Atlas Sound To Tour In Support Of Debut Album
Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
O ut February 19, 2008 on Kranky

"A largely ambient meditation on romantic obsession full of densely layered electronics and guitars that sound as if they were beamed in from some haunted parallel universe." -The Fader

Bradford Cox - Atlas Sound
One of the latest "true queer art punks" to emerge from the cracked pavement of southern suburban sprawl, Atlas Sound is the solo moniker of Deerhunter frontman/provocateur Bradford Cox. Cox will be touring next February and March, with Kranky label-mates Valet and White Rainbow, in support of the Atlas Sound debut, Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel. On this album, Cox/Sound moves out of dank nightclubs filled with eternal existential drone punk, and relaxes at home in his Grant Park, Atlanta bedroom. And this is, essentially, a bedroom album, a collage, mixing the garage rock and ambient electronic influences previously explored with Deerhunter in a new context, with newly acquired recording techniques, mainly laptop-based, learned with guidance from Kranky artist Nudge's Brian Foote. The result is 14 songs of melancholy and mania.

Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel is a true solo album, entirely created and produced by a single person. That is certainly not unique, especially in the contemporary scene. But Bradford Cox's unusual talent is the ability to take a wide variety of seemingly incongruous sound elements, and seamlessly meld them into a cohesive pop narrative. A sunken 4/4 techno beat underpinning "Winter Vacation"? Perfect. Mbira loops running over the top of "Quarantined"? Just what it needed. An insistent, clipped drum roll carrying "River Card"? Masterful. And ultimately it is this innate ability to combine all these disparate elements into a singular whole that makes this album such an enjoyable, and unique listen.

01 A Ghost Story
02 Recent Bedroom
03 River Card
04 Quarantined
05 On Guard
06 Winter Vacation
07 Cold as Ice
08 Scraping Past
09 Small Horror
10 Ready, Set, Glow
11 Bite Marks
12 After Class
13 Ativan
14 Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel

Tour Dates
02/19/08 Tue Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA
02/20/08 Wed Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
02/21/08 Thu Black Cat Washington, DC
02/22/08 Fri Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA
02/23/08 Sat Mercury Lounge New York, NY
02/24/08 Sun Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
02/26/08 Tue The Middle East Cambridge, MA
02/27/08 Wed Casa Del Popolo Montreal, QC
02/28/08 Thu Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON
02/29/08 Fri Magic Stick Detroit, MI
03/01/08 Sat Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
03/02/08 Sun Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN
03/05/08 Wed Pat's Pub Vancouver, BC
03/06/08 Thu Crocodile Cafe Seattle, WA
03/07/08 Fri Holocene Portland, OR
03/08/08 Sat Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
03/11/08 Tue Echo Los Angeles, CA

[Published on: 12/7/07]

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