Deerhunter front man Bradford Cox is a dedicated blogger who is well-known for relishing his fans with tonnes of free music released under the moniker Atlas Sound on his blog. He releases so much that only a dedicated fan would bother to wade through the vast amounts of half-baked ideas to find the best ones. So it would be easy for Cox to have his commercial releases be just some sort of ‘best-of’ blog releases. But we all know that he simply does not work that way. Through his blog, media interaction and, most importantly, his music, we see that Cox feels music very deeply and takes it very seriously. So Logos, the second full length released as Atlas Sound moves on from the first, combining the musical skills and friends he has made since releasing Deerhunter’s critically adored Microcastle.
When Microcastle was released critics duly noted the shift from the extended song lengths on Cryptograms to the use of shorter songs with more pop-sensibilities. These sensibilities are carried on to Logos. There is less focus on highly layered, looping tracks carrying an innumerable amount of differing sounds on them to the use of bouncing acoustic guitar layered in reverb. It is more simplistic, but not boring.
This album also contains two guest spots. The first is Noah Lennox aka. Panda Bear on ‘Walkabout’, and this track combines the best of what each party is good at, creating a song that loops and bounces, riding on a sparkling keyboard tune. It is a magnificent pop tune, and is undoubtedly one of the best tracks Cox has released as Atlas Sound. The second guest spot is the eight-and-a-half-minute long track, ironically titled ‘Quick Canal’, starring Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab. It is another high point of the album, more laid back and dreamlike than ‘Walkabout’, it grows with with sifting organ-like sounds before introducing a drumbeat that propels us through the song. Sadier’s vocals are perfectly layered and echoed to create the sound of a seraph that slowly gets lost in a foggy pillow of shoegazing by the song’s finish. It never feels too long or melodramatically epic at its length; it is perfectly ambient.