Deerhunter frontman's solo breakthrough.
Atlas Sound is the musical escape hatch of Bradford Cox, hyper-prolific frontman of indie darlings Deerhunter. On past releases, Atlas Sound appeared to simply be a way for Cox to release his own solo recordings, most of them airier, less structured and generally more experimental than Deerhunter's more aggressive, guitar-heavy output. But with Parallax, Cox has assembled an album that rivals any Deerhunter release in terms of clarity and sonic vision. "Te Amo" and "The Shakes" would not have felt out of place on Deerhunter's 2010 album Halcyon Digest, and "Mona Lisa" is one of the most straightforward jangle-pop songs that Cox has ever recorded, not to mention one of the loveliest. More than anything, Parallax further cements Cox's already excellent reputation as not only one of the modern indie scene's most prolific music-makers, but also one of its best. Fascinatingly, it also shows that his two outlets are starting to move in increasingly parallel directions.