Here’s an early Thanksgiving gift. Bradford Cox has uploaded an entire album of demo material to his popular Atlas Sound/Deerhunter blog, which was all recorded between August and November this year. Cox has carefully documented when and how each song was recorded in the notes accompanying the session, and included the cover art that decorates this post.
On first listen it’s clear that Cox is still going through a fairly major Neil Young obsession, as witnessed by the use of harmonica and acoustic guitars on the opening tracks. But he’s also on more familiar Atlas Sound territory judging by the minimal techno influence that ripples through “Lanterns” and the gentle electronics of “Afternoon Drive.”
The songs most likely to grab people’s attention here are the Kurt Vile cover “Freak Train,” which is an instrumental take on that track full of bubbling synth lines, and a reworking of the Bob Dylan/Rick Danko composition “This Wheel’s on Fire,” which finds Cox busting out the acoustic guitar once again and bears John Lennon-style vocals fed through an echo chamber.
Head over here to download Bedroom Databank Vol. 1.