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Atlas Sound @ Maxwell's 12.10.10. Photos, setlist, review.

Atlas Sound (Photos by Kenny Shin)

Atlas Sound Bradford Cox

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By: Kiani Angus-Torres

Atlas Sound, the solo project of Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, brought his pixilated, lo-fi, sweet shoe-gazing sound to Maxwell’s in Hoboken on Friday, December 10.  This was one of only two last minute performances by Atlas Sound in the NYC area, following last month’s controversial release of his Bedroom Databank series, consisting of four albums recorded in Cox’s home over the past few months and then made available for free download on his website.  

On acoustic guitar, Cox created an intricate maze of self-sampling, layering and articulating each new set of chords in a manner both perplexing and genteel.  Cox’s harmonies and acoustics can likened to those of John Lennon in his solo years, an association easily made in the wake of the 40th anniversary of his passing.  But what distinguishes Atlas Sound is his meditative process during a live performance, immersing the audience in each layer of imagination and guiding them into a trance-like journey. Each pedal has a purposeful melodic trajectory, while his graceful vocals and harmonica offer a sublime sway to his songs. He played each song continuously, from one to the next, breaking only once or twice for applause.

Atlas Sound’s saturation of the Maxwell’s crowd was so complete, that there was barely a whisper in the audience, and so much as a nod or shifting of weight could be heard. During a short break of banter, Cox acknowledged that part of what drew him to book these shows was his nostalgia for Christmas in New York.  While Peace on Earth may evade us from one season to the next, there was a certain peace among those at Maxwell’s on Friday.


Atlas Sound Maxwell's Setlist

The Screens
Mona Lisa
Te Amo
Can't Take
Please Come Home
Attic Lights

Reader Comments (3)

he really just played up there by himself the whole time?? Zzzzz
December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPete
Love Deerhunter, but can't get into Atlas at all.
December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterviv
Bell house show was great! Short, but great. Bradford is one of the best musicians out their right now.
December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDana

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