Atlas Sound, a.k.a. the shoegazing electro-rock artist Bradford Cox, released one of my favorite albums last year, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Cannot See but Can Feel. So I was thrilled to learn recently that he'll release a quick follow-up this fall, called Logos.
Cox, who also fronts the band Deerhunter and toured briefly with Animal Collective, collaborated with a number of other artists for the new album, including Laetitia Sadier and Andy Ramsay of Stereolab, Sasha Vine from Sian Alice Group, and Noah Lennox of Animal Collective and Panda Bear.
In a recent press release, Cox says, "On the (tour) bus (with Animal Collective), we often played improvised iPod games. We would take turns formulating a theme or unifying concept and then play three songs. The goal would be for everyone to try and figure out the theme. During one of these games, someone played 'What Am I Going to Do' by the Dovers. I was amazed at the hook — a weird organ thing with drums and electric bass. I mentioned to Noah that someone should really sample that riff. He agreed and he taught me a little about sampling and matching up beats. This ended up as the collaborative effort 'Walkabout.' "
Here's a preview of the song "Walkabout," from the upcoming album Logos, courtesy of The Fader: