Bradford Cox is releasing consistently good music at a pace quicker than nearly any other artist that you’d care to name, and all of it is devoted to the same shoegaze-y, ambient aesthetic with varying degrees of accessibility. His solo career as Atlas Sound has taken a path that, hindsight being 20/20, seems not only logical but inevitable. Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel worked as a purely musical exercise, while the aqueous Logos seemed like a detour from his work with Deerhunter.
“Te Amo,” the second cut from the forthcoming Parallax, sees Cox’s voice uncloaked, delivering his lyrics with a newfound lucidity. The barroom piano and tropicalia-infused percussion are simply rendered, creating a gleaming, understated backdrop for the star of the show to flex his muscles. The quality of Cox’s songwriting has never been in question, but it’s more full-blooded than it’s ever been.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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