Atlas Sound, Broadcast, Selmanaries
As the driving force behind both Deerhunter and Atlas Sound, Bradford Cox is one of the most prolific and interesting personalities in music (of any classification). Between his two vehicles, he's released three full-length albums and numerous EPs in the past 18 months.
But there's a duality here: Born with the genetic disorder known as Marfan Syndrome, Cox has endured treatments for related complications throughout his life, including extended hospital stays and complicated surgeries during his high school years. As Cox told MTV's John Norris in an interview last year, "I can't really imagine living very long, and I don't care about anything except making music I can to be remembered by."
But where last year's release, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel, was introverted (the personal reflections intended to explain himself to those left behind), his just-released Logos is much more celebratory and collaborative, featuring contributions from musician friends like Noah Lennox (Panda Bear from Animal Collective) and Latetia Satier of Stereolab. And while Cox may have told Norris, "I don't feel like I'm a super-talented composer," he has clearly demonstrated an ability to craft the three-and-a-half-minute pop songs that he professes to love.
This time out, Cox will be backed by the similarly Atlanta-based four-piece Selmanaries, which will also perform an opening set. Also on the bill is England's Broadcast, now a two-piece of dark electronic sounds mixed with discordant vocals and a killer visual show.
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