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Parallax by Atlas Sound
Released: Nov 2011
Label: 4ad
Bradford Cox's third release as Atlas Sound luxuriates in velvety dream-pop. His compositions are complex -- layers of acoustic and electric guitars are rendered weightless in a sea of woozy electronics -- yet it all comes off so simple and serene. No song travels in a straight path: A perky piano opens "Te Amo," then morphs into undulating synths, while "Terra Incognita" starts like light '70s rock, then dissolves in a whirling helicopter of noise. Cox is poignant as always ("I know a place called love/ No one bothered me there/ No, I was all alone"), but he makes it feel like paradise.
Stephanie Benson

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