Those familiar with Bradford Cox’s first solo LP ‘Let the Blind‚’ may be curious how that record’s blissfully ambient shoegaze would translate to the live stage – pure bedroom introspection and melancholy as it is, fitted better to lonely, contemplative nights alone – but tonight’s sold-out show proves that plenty find it an interesting prospect. Those unfamiliar with his Deerhunter origins are immediately surprised to find him affable and engaging, and the haphazard approach to his set creates intimacy, as if he’s invited a couple-hundred of his closest friends into his bedroom. Meanwhile tracks from recent album ‘Logos’ show he has moved his sound toward a more country folk feel. And so incredible multi-layered dreamscapes of ‘Recent Bedroom’ are immediately juxtaposed with the upbeat folk pop of ‘Criminals’. A new twist on ‘Quarantine’ is still as emotive and breathtaking, while ‘Attic Light’ starts off stripped down, bare and honest, before the loops and Cox’s harmonious vocals – reminiscent of ‘Mojo Pin’ era Jeff Buckley – build to a soaring melodic high before landing safely back down to earth. It enraptures the crowd, and save the odd blissful sigh all is hushed reverie, with only knowing “told-you-so” nods passing between established fans and newly won converts.
By Reef Younis
Originally published in issue 12 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. November 2009