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. The ever prolific artist delivered yet again in 2009 with Logos, his second solo album under the Atlas Sound umbrella and follow-up to the previous year's Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel.
If its predecessor was a record of fragile beauty and acute experimentalism that spoke of its bedroom genesis, the second Atlas Sound album arrived with a far more rooted pop sensibility. Featuring collaborations with Animal Collective's Noah Lennox and Laetitia Sadler of Stereolab, the album expanded on the often-insular tendencies of the first Atlas Sound record, this time outward gazing and almost sunshine loving in its ebullience. Moving away from piercing introspection and towards a grand pop plateau, Cox managed to translate his music into a more universally engaging form while retaining the intimate charms of the project.
Citing the "ideas that I can't make work with a five piece rock band" as the basis of his solo material, Cox's work as Atlas Sound represents a feral and prolific musical voice. With its scorched beauty, stream of consciousness, and wonderfully cohesive pop narrative, Atlas Sound is another outlet for Cox's relentless creativity, distinctly remaining the product of just one man's vision.