Deerhunter's Cox Steps Out With Atlas Sound

Although he's been making solo recordings for well over a decade, Deerhunter vocalist Bradford Cox will make his first big splash early next year with Atlas Sound.

Although he's been making solo recordings for well over a decade, Deerhunter vocalist Bradford Cox will make his first big splash early next year with Atlas Sound. Cox's debut under that name, "Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel," is due Feb. 19 via Kranky.

Most of the tunes were written "on the fly," and with the help of "lots of computers," the artist tells Billboard.com. "I don't consider myself to be a conventional songwriter. There's a lot of layering and building upon those layers. That happened when I discovered the fun of multi-tracking."

"There's no need to work things out in advance," he continues. "I find it very fulfilling, and it keeps it new to me. There's nothing worse than having an expectation about how something sounds, then finding out how you sound, doesn't meet those expectations."

Fans of Deerhunter's distorted rock aesthetic will notice a difference in Atlas Sound's softer, more electronic approach. "I'm really into early electronic music, as well as music as therapy," Cox explains. "I wanted this to be close to what I was doing -- the Deerhunter sound is very much five personalities, where this is very much me."

Although no dates have been set, Cox plans to take his solo show on the road, and is currently trying to figure out how to transition the material to a live setting. Kranky labelmates White Rainbow and Honey Owens will help make up his live band.