Artist: Atlas Sound
I imagine that one reason a band member might peruse a solo project would be to fully flesh out ideas that would otherwise not work within the confines of a band. You know, to have more control. Parallax, the new album from Atlas Sound – Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox – is not far removed from his work with Deerhunter, and that is it’s biggest problem. Deerhunter have been constantly experimenting since their inception, and Parallax pretty much sound like a Deerhunter album. Cox classifies this album as “sci-fi,” and songs like “Amplifiers” and “Modern Aquatic Nightsongs” certainly sound like they were crafted by, and perhaps for, extraterrestrial beings. What Parallax achieves more than anything is ambience; electronic drones and soft acoustics set the spaced-out mood quite well.
Fans of Deerhunter will feel at home with Parallax, but Atlas Sound again fails to create much of an identity for itself. I suppose Bradford Cox can be nothing but himself, but Parallax leaves a cold feeling that even the bubbly and wonderful final track, “Lightworks,” cannot fix.