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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B005MVR6CM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Shakes
2. Amplifiers
3. Te Amo
4. Parallax
5. Modern Aquatic Nightsongs
6. Mona Lisa
7. Praying Man
8. Doldrums
9. My Angel Is Broken
10. Terra Incognita
11. Flagstaff
12. Lightworks

Editorial Reviews

Welcome to Parallax, the 3rd long player from Atlas Sound, the ever expansive solo project from Bradford Cox of Deerhunter. Atlas Sound is not a "side-project," but rather a fully fleshed musical landscape chock-full of pop chronicles culled from sci-fi fever dreams and mid century rock . This is perhaps Cox's best work to date, juxtaposing his modern, sometimes avant, songwriting sensibilities against a backdrop of ambient loneliness and a quiet feeling of desperation. The artwork and photos were done by Mick Rock, the legendary photographer best known for his work with David Bowie.

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Every song is equally catchy.
Grace White
At almost every second, the record feels like it's melting, or like it's being played underwater.
Gregory William Locke
This is a fully realized pop album.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Storylover TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Logos" set my aural world on fire when it came out, and I found it purely accidentally when I was browsing the 4ad catalog. I love 4ad as a label, ever since the Cocteau Twins defined dream pop in the 80's. I found Atlas Sound to be wonderfully within that tradition of beautiful, floating, challenging music, and Parallax continues the good things that I loved from Logos. Cox's voice is alternately gritty and velvety, and there is an urgency to his songs that propels the disc along, pulling you towards the inner vortex of his musical vision--but what you find there is truly anyone's guess--a maelstrom of desire? A statically charged love song? Bossa nova influenced detuned angst? All of the above? Yes, yes, and again, yes. As you expect, Songcraft is strong, with definite changes from song to song, this is not just an aural collage. Rather, it is an experimental song cycle performed with assurance and refreshingly evident passion. Echoing loops, complex underpinning with electronics, and heavily treated guitar sounds are brought together by Cox's affecting singing. There is a lot of emotion to be found on all the tracks, and although this album is going to take a lot of exploration to truly understand it, the music is so viscerally interesting, beautiful and exciting that I look forward to that exploration very much. An album that I expect to appreciate for a long time to come.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on December 9, 2011
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The 3rd release from the man behind Deerhunter--expansive, airy, floating, complex and very
warm electronic indie pop in a comfortably accessible, but odd, atmosphere. Beautiful, friendly,
uninhibited, otherworldly songs with a slightly alien dream-snuggle factor. Another small, subtle
work of gentle, eclectic genius from Bradford Cox. Includes a guest spot from member of
MGMT. Feels like a slow, deep grower.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Baranabus on May 17, 2012
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This one is a bit 'meh', or perhaps I'm getting tired of this band. I'd go for the earlier stuff, if you haven't already.

Postscript- I like this much more after repeated listening. The lush reverb sound and texture never gets old for me. Woozy, dreamy music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Stewart on February 25, 2012
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My first introduction to Mr Cox was with Deerhunter's most recent album Halcyon Digest which I bought completely on a whim. I was blown away by that album. The mix of acoustic guitars with various electronic lush landscapes with very catchy riffs. While I haven't gotten any of the other Deerhunter albums yet, I have bought this one. Overall I would say that while there are a few 5 star songs, there are others that just kill it for me.

The album starts off with three very solid, songs with my favorite of the album being 'Te Amo'. This song has a pretty similar feel to 'He Would Have Laughed' from Halcyon Digest. After these three songs is when things start to fall apart for me. 'Parallax' is a song that I don't like the chorus too much. Maybe it's the way that Brandon sings it, but it just grates on me. The next song that I enjoy though is 'Mona Lisa'. The next few songs are just so-so to me. They are lacking much to keep me interested. 'Terra Incognita' is another song that borderlines on repetitive, but the part after the chorus makes it all work and an overall great song.

Overall, I think that I can call this an average CD. There are a few very strong moments here, but the album as a whole does not work for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Willie Mathew Ross on December 5, 2011
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Beautifully melancholy and imaginative, moments of retro rock n roll alongside atlas sounds usual innovative, strange and introspective songs, great record start to finish
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gregory William Locke on November 20, 2011
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Sometime soon after the release of Deerhunter's Microcastle, while drinking cheap booze and stuffing a friend's head with my normal nonsense, I started an argument that echoes today, almost exactly three years later. For my side of the battle, I argued that Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox was not only the most interesting dude in music, but also ... ahem ... the future of indie rock. Ha. My opponent, whom I no longer talk to for reasons only distantly connected to this one bout, argued the case of My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James as Indie Rock Messiah. The fight ended when I drunkenly juxtaposed the poseur steps James has taken through his career with the if-nothing-else obviousness of Cox's originality. Now, with the release of his third Atlas Sound record, Parallax, Cox has, more or less fulfilled my drunken prophecy. Whether he likes it or not, Bradford Cox does suddenly seem to be the most talked about - and certainly one of the most-listened-to - artists whose albums are currently filed under the undefinable tag of "indie rock." And, if you've read any of his recent interviews, all of which are hugely revealing and pleasantly crazy, you also know that Cox has become, very possibly, the "most interesting dude in music." And he did so not by ducking behind the boring cloak of irony everyone else in the Indieverse is currently gathered behind, but by trying to tear the thing down.

That sentiment echoes throughout Parallax, a very honest and personal record that, rather than following the trends of the day, continues in the development of Cox's unearthly sound. The songs, all 12 of 'em, feel, as Cox himself has said, very lonely - very haunting.
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