Track Review: Atlas Sound “So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)”

    atlas soundThe members of Deerhunter, this year’s primary out-of-nowhere success story in underground rock, have kept themselves in the limelight with the launch of their band’s blog. The often bizarre and far-too-confessional posts, mainly written by singer Bradford Cox, provide easy sneering fodder for folks put off by the extreme level of attention the group’s dark and melodic psychedelics have already gotten. What’s missed in dismissive claims of attention mongering is the fact that the site’s steady stream of unreleased new music is often exceptionally good. Though we’ve written about Cox and company’s output in this space before, highlighting every worthy note from this Bob Pollard level of prolificacy would take at least a weekly update.
    Recent entries have seen Bradford (and occasionally Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt) tackle a series of reader suggested covers under his solo-project moniker, Atlas Sound. Neil Young and the Velvet Underground have been run through a signature cracked and gauzy style, but the most sublime offering to date is this cover of the Everly Brothers’ top-ten smash from 1960, “So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad).” Though the song’s country twang is reverential, Cox’s heavily reverbed psychosis adds a compelling instability to the track’s inherent melancholy.