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Since Bradford Cox is occupying a fast-track to insanity, and is channelling his usually prolific creativity into new and unexpected mediums, like hour-long cover versions of ‘My Sharona’, it is perhaps fitting, that we turn our attention once again to his deft Deerhunter compadre, Lockett Pundt.
Remember this captivating live performance? Bradford Cox utilises a selection of pedals to establish beautiful rhythmic arpeggiated lines, after picking simply the root note on acoustic guitar. Loops are layered before he progresses to a nearby drumkit, because this man can do anything.
The not-so-side-project of Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox is called Atlas Sound, and is effectively a form of artistic liberation as a result of Cox’s super-dooper-prolificness. It doesn’t matter if the 46 songs Bradford wrote this morning aren’t deemed Deerhunter-durable. The frustrating part is, it’s almost all really great material. Thus here we have a lilting track from what is now the third Atlas Sound LP Parallax, to be released on November 8th via 4AD.
You can hear ‘Terra Incognita’ below, and check out a live video of another forthcoming Parallax track ‘Te Amo’ (which I think sounds particularly ace).
The super influential make-or-break band-buoyancy aid Pitchfork have just asked a whole ton of their groups to write down what music/anything at all influenced them last year. Both Vampire Weekend and Deerhunter released eminent records to the masses, encompassing innumerable end of year lists. All filtered out, here are my favourites! The quirky Bradford Cox, the quietly productive James Blake, the intellectual Vampire Weekend and the fervent Bon Iver.
Bradford Cox, Deerhunter
- Lower Dens: Twin Hand Movement
- Women: Public Strain
- Casino Versus Japan: Night on Tape
- Stereolab: Not Music
- Panda Bear: “Slow Motion”
- Janelle Monáe: “Tightrope”
- Laetitia Sadier: The Trip
- Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 and The Original Mono Recordings [especially John Wesley Harding in mono. The bass and drums!]
- Spoon: Transference
- MGMT: Congratulations
10.The Tallest Man on Earth –
The Wild Hunt
Okay, so this isn’t Bob Dylan and a moniker. Yet Kristian Matsson does have a voice that ebbs and flows like a desperately ruminative, harsh-toned American, when really he is a patriotic Swede. He over-emphasises the pronunciation of the ‘er’ phoneme every single time it comes around; in ‘over’ and ‘nervous’, exactly like Dylan does “at the head of the chamber of commerce”. Like any worthy folk singer Matsson is a master of cadences, his best songs are plastered with plurals and perfects and the title track from his second LP, The Wild Hunt, is no exception.