Bradford Cox's most assured release to date: equal parts dreamy bedroom noodling and moody, indie-pop perfection
Few contemporary artists can match the quality and quantity of music produced by Bradford Cox. While his primary band, Deerhunter, rose from the ranks of indie buzz band to become critical darlings and reluctant internet celebrities, Cox's more personal side project, Atlas Sound, has become equally formidable. While the first Atlas Sound album (2008's Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel) focused more on atmosphere than fully-formed songs, Logos proves itself just as musically compelling as anything Cox has released with Deerhunter. The album occasionally langors under the same hazy bedroom production of previous releases (particularly on soporific tracks "Attic Lights" and "The Light that Failed"), but tracks like "Walkabout" (featuring Animal Collective's Noah Lennox) and "Logos" are just as forcefully catchy as they are atmospheric. The album's undeniable high point is a collaboration with Laetitia Sadier on "Quick Canal," an sprawling, organ-filled fantasia that could easily pass as a great, long-lost Stereolab track.