A lot of interviews I read with Bradford Cox has him talking about a lot of this ambient stuff being done before and not wanting to repeat it, Pauline Oliveros, Eno etc....but honestly I don't think of this as a whole lot different. There are tracks on 'Let the blind...' that just go to the edge of repetitive hypnotic rock, like stereolab, where... before you are even aware of it, the melody rhythm has just slightly changed in front of your ears so subtly. That's happening here, but it also in general with this style feels to easily improvisational...just take some sounds repeat them as long as they aren't too aggressive or grating and then sing some heavily echoed vocals. It sounds easy until you try to do it I know. It takes a talent, but I'm just attracted to harder, or more effected electronics that are pushing the limits of taste.
It borders too much on something you can kind of ignore and I don't think I like that. I still want shit that at times can annoy everyone around.
I don't know that I've examined this genre as a whole enough to distinguish the differences in or the energy just isn't what I'm about most of the time. This hazy, dream world of slow rave...like the Orb or something....something about it just bothers me, or relates to that time too much? Or maybe references that ambient thing when I wasn't such a fan to begin with.
On K records....produced by Calvin Johnson...I'm investigating Beat Happening thanks to 'Our band could be Your life.' But he's a key figure in indie rock history period, and it must have been amazing to go put this down in Dub Narcotic Studios.
Probably will sell out quick and is a weird footnote to Deerhunter, the torch is passed.
Release Date: August 5th, 2008
Limited to 1000 copies
Atlas Shrugged (Atlas Sound)
“Shrug-a-Dub” Mix (Selector Dub Narcotic)
In March 2008, while Atlas Sound toured the U.S.A., chief Atlas Provocateur Bradford Cox stopped off in Olympia, Wash. to lay down some tracks at the Dub Narcotic studio for this stellar Disco Plate release. Entirely off the cuff, Bradford made up the song on the spot, played all the instruments and improvised vocals. The session was engineered by Calvin Johnson, who in his guise as Selector Dub Narcotic added his own flourishes, vocal and melodica, mixed the arresting B side "version".
Another instant classic in our Dub Narcotic Disco Plate series of 7" 45 RPM records.