Live Review, 2/25/12: Atlas Sound's Bradford Cox Encounters His Younger Self at Bimbo's

Atlas Sound

Electric Flower

Seventeen Evergreen

Carnivores

Frank Broyles

Feb. 25, 2012

Bimbo's 365 Club

Better than: Honestly, I've never seen anything like this.

Tonight, and likely at all other Atlas Sound sets, some clever dude shouts at Bradford Cox before the first chord of his set:

“Play something sincere, Bradford!”

Cox probably gets this all the time. Maybe not this exact phrasing, but certainly the concept. He is the quintessential, quizzical modern songwriter. His work is as densely layered in personal and societal themes as it is in harmonic vocal tracks or bass and guitar loops. (This is the case no matter if he's performing as Atlas Sound or with Deerhunter.)

There's a chilling silence in the crowd when Cox sings tracks like “Parallax.” He performs without much, if any, interaction in between songs. His eyes are closed when he approaches the mic. If not, they look down at his instrument. Nine songs into a perfectly enjoyable set at Bimbo's on Saturday, this was the story being written in my head: An “intimate” evening where Cox wowed the crowd with his “soundscapes” and everyone was gripped by the “emotion” on stage.

 

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