Bradford Cox

In terms of high amounts of quality output, Bradford Cox is the artist of the year. Halcyon Digest will undoubtedly be near the top of plenty end of the year lists. And as if creating another masterpiece with Deerhunter wasn’t enough, he released the four Bedroom Databank albums last week for free as Atlas Sound. His incredibly prolific output is unmatched in music today. He released Logos around this time last year, putting him at six albums in one year.

The Bedroom Databanks are intriguing. They are far from perfect, but they aren’t supposed to be. There just his recordings. There are plenty of songs that just don’t matter, that are just throwaways. They’re not bad, but they don’t stand out. They’re him messing around, doing whatever he feels like. He plays with electronics, acoustic covers and ditties, Neil Young influenced rock, and invents a strange persona on Vol. 4 where he pretends to be a teenage band from the 1970’s. His strangeness of his live persona finally comes through on record, and its great even when the songs aren’t.

~ by Andrew Baer on December 6, 2010.

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