[mp3] Atlas Sound - "Walkabout" (ft. Noah Lennox)

Though you may enjoy them all year long, some songs just seem made for summer listening. “Walkabout”, the first single from the upcoming Atlas Sound album Logos (Kranky, October 20), is completely sun-drenched. It’s a hypnotic, eyes-closed pop song filled with childlike wonder and totally blissed-out melodies. Built around a sample from an old song by The Dovers called “What Am I Going To Do”, “Walkabout” prominently features Noah Lennox from Animal Collective - so much so that a casual listener would very easily mistake the song for one of the dreamier moments on Merriweather Post Pavilion or Person Pitch. Regardless, it’s quite a welcome departure for Bradford Cox. In the past Atlas Sound has been a vehicle for his bedroom recordings and an escape from his primary band, Deerhunter. While last year’s Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel had some memorable moments, nothing I‘ve heard from this project has been as fully developed or exciting as “Walkabout”. This is truly one of the summer’s finest songs.

MP3 :: Walkabout (ft. Noah Lennox) (via The Fader)
(from Logos. Info here)

Cox had this to say recently when describing Logos: “My last album was a bedroom laptop type thing. Very introverted. Logos is an album that was recorded all over the world. It’s not about me. There are collaborations with other musicians. The lyrics are not autobiographical. The view is a lot more panoramic and less close-up. I became bored with introspection. This was also the case Deerhunter’s ‘Microcastle’ LP, which was written during the same period.”

An early version of “Walkabout” from NYE in Atlanta:


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