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Releases of the Week, Week 2: British Sea Power and Atlas Sound by 20watts
February 20, 2008, 3:49 am
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**Editor’s note: Ryan will be covering new releases from more of an ‘indie’ standpoint. His column, like Zach’s, will run every Monday.

British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?
Captures your heart and draws you in.

Do You Like Rock Music? is not really about traditional rock music; it’s more arena rock, if that’s rock at all. Their latest album is more polished than any previous record. Shifting away from the raw sound that they’ve been known for, British Sea Power use their latest album to capture the same atmosphere as a live show.

The way the music is composed captures your heart and draws you into an almost surreal experience. BSP doesn’t completely abandon their roots; DYLRM? combines their more well-known post rock with this new lo-fi addition. Riffs are recycled throughout the album, and usually the songs don’t have a large degree of variance. At the end, the album comes full circle on their final track “We Close Our Eyes” with a return to the first track “All in It.”

DYLRM? might be their boldest attempt yet, and to those who can appreciate it for what it is – a larger than life rock album – this album is also their best attempt yet.

Best track: “Waving Flags”

Atlas Sound – Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
Hopefully Deerhunter will reunite, but in the meantime we can at least listen to this.

Think solo Deerhunter… or not.

Atlas Sound is basically Deerhunter frontman, Bradford Cox, doing his own solo thing while Deerhunter is on hiatus; Atlas Sound is solely the work of Cox. There are differences between the two though: Atlas Sound is a bit more experimental and less shoegaze than Deerhunter. Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel is a nice compliment to Deerhunter’s Cryptograms.

The album, despite its pretentious title, is definitely the more calming and relaxing side of Cox. The album slowly introduces new genres and styles as the album progresses, gradually easing you into its grasp. There really isn’t a single weak track but a wide range of songs with a common composition. Those who prefer a more mellow, laid-back album will definitely like this more than the louder Deerhunter.

Hopefully Deerhunter will reunite, but at least in the meantime we can listen to Cox’s genius masterpiece. Until then, work on memorizing the album title.

Best track: “Quarantined,” download here.

– Ryan

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