Atlas Sound – Terra Incognito
I’m a pretty big Deerhunter/Atlas Sound fan so I was psyched to find out that Bradford Cox will be releasing a new album called Parallax (sounds like a Pokemon, right? It’s actually: “the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions, e.g., through the viewfinder andthe lens of a camera.” -Dictionary on my Mac) on November 8th. Has it leaked yet? Anyone? Oh, well. It will. Soon. In the meantime, here are thoughts on the first track, “Terra Igcognita” (ooooh, Latin…).
Marc: Truth is the song’s a little boring. Just a little. At least as a single. I mean, sure, it’s cool, Cox is always pretty cool and interesting, but last time around we got “Walkabout”, which was more like a fucking knockabout, and then he followed that with “Shelia” a bit later, which was also really cool. Sure, in between were those tracks on the album there were all kinds of chillz little acoustic creepers that tied everything together nicely, but that’s not what gets people (like me, at least) psyched for an album.
Also, it sounds very, very clean. Cleaner than what’s come before, for sure. Not necessarily a bad thing. It’s cool.
The album? How bad could it be? Cox and crew have pretty much been pumping out awesome release after awesome release for the last couple years, I see no reason to think that they’d stop now. Even if this first track is a little boring, maybe when it’s grouped up with a bunch of other cool tracks and given some context it’ll work better. I’m sure it probably will.
Also, the little “bum bum bum” part at the end is kind of neat.
Photo: Mick Rock