Atlas Sound
Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel


Bradford Cox might work as the frontman of the Atlanta band Deerhunter, but he “lives as Atlas Sound,” said Marc Hogan in Named after the tape machine he’s been recording on since sixth grade, Atlas Sound is a solo project from the hardest-working man in indie music. Following the release of Deerhunter’s Cryptograms, the 25-year-old workaholic holed up in his bedroom, hunched over his laptop, and hammered out nearly 70 new tracks. Gauzy layers of electro-pop drift over a psychedelic soundscape as the lyrics shape an intimate portrait of the still-boyish singer. Cox struggled through illness during the awkward years stretching from childhood to adulthood, and his adolescent anxieties “stalk the album’s corridors.” But its beauty comes “in the way the music renders Cox’s plaintive themes, not in the impressionable language he chooses to express them.” A theme of metamorphosis—sometimes seamless, other times incomplete—trickles throughout the album, said Stephen Deusner in Paste. Melodies freely shift course, songs “fade in and out unannounced,” but Cox makes it all sound organic and “highly accessible.” The album takes us on a “swirling ambient journey through Cox’s mind,” said Larry Fitzmaurice in Spin. The sonic head trip closes a chapter of this boy’s life and demonstrates newfound maturity.