October 19, 2010
So Bradford Cox is gradually making his way onto my list of favorite musicians. This is thanks in no small part to Deerhunter’s new record Halcyon Digest, which carries forward dude’s penchant for writing pretty melodies touched with reverb and psychedelic haze. My favorite song off the album—and not surprisingly the first single—is Helicopter, which puts my head straight into the clouds. Listen to it with headphones. Listen to it in the morning. Listen to it at night. Be careful if you listen to it in your vehicle.
I’ve also been blown away by Bradford’s recordings as Atlas Sound, and his solo show last year at the Bell House was one of the best performances I’ve seen in a long time. I don’t know how he did it, but he layered together soundscapes that took on a life of their own. Dude has some serious songwriting chops too, but his songs can often be just that, serious. So much so, that after the Bell House show ended, he came back on stage to apologize if his songs were too dark. It’s all good though, because the catchy pop melodies will make you forget that you’re listening to some guy sing about his nightmares. Don’t be scurrrred.
“Sheila” – Atlas Sound live (amazing)