Prolific and prodigious is there anything the profusely talented Bradford Cox can’t do? What with his day job in swoon-inducing noise merchants Deerhunter and his continuous array of cover versions, instrumentals and scraps of new work that comprise his ever popular blog and this, his second solo outing under the Atlas Sound moniker, he barely has time to blink. The urgency and scary efficiency in releasing all this work seem to act like a soothing influence as if to calm the constant looping soundtrack in his head, rather than the -band as graft’ work ethic of his artistically fertile counterpart Mark E. Smith.
Although the alarming production speed does not make -Logos’ a fuzzy, haphazard affair, in fact it’s quite the opposite. If his debut effort -The Blind Lead Those Who See But Cannot Feel’ was a D.I.Y bedroom effort, all hazy stream- of -consciousness and much scrutinised first-person lyrics, -Logos’ is a more structured and wilfully obtuse album by design, focusing on artful soundscapes and Cox’s ability to bend melodies to exquisite, dazzling effects.
The major themes of Cox’s work remain intact, the intense obsession with the corporeal, the unique, fragile melancholy and loneliness of childhood, detachment and isolation but they are more universal and ambiguous plus with his willingness to collaborate, artists such as Noah Lennox and Laetitia Sadier appear on the album, it makes it an engaging, inclusive experience rather than the dirty feeling that you’ve been reading someone’s diary.
This new tone is none more evident than on the overwhelmingly joyous -Walkabout’ featuring an infectious wonky-toy keyboard sample from “What Am I Going to Do” by the Dovers it pummels your heart into submission with its effervescent groove and doe-eyed charm that the brittle lyrics about dissolving childhood dreams and leaving the past behind become oddly anthemic. This immediate melodic potency runs through the veins of the album with the simple echoing beauty of -Shelia’ , the spacey workout epic that is -Quick Canal’ through to the paper-cut fragile heart-breaking honesty of -My Halo’ with its doo-wop pop bassline and devastatingly poignant lyrics Cox never once skimps on quality. Winter evening were made for -Logos’ so hold it close to your heart.