New Atlas Sound - "Holiday" (Plus: Some Hoser Raids Brandon Cox's Mediafire Folder)
Download: Atlas Sound - "Holiday
Brandon Cox is nothing if not prolific. And, lucky for us listeners, he also happens to be very generous, giving away countless amounts of non-album material on his Deerhunter/Atlas Sound/Lotus Plaza blog. Of these many tracks, the especially noteworthy ones come in the form of Virtual 7-inches, in which Cox updates the concept of the single to the 21st-century.
Number 4 in the series is "Holiday", a track that sounds like an Elvis ballad as produced by an unusually focused Kevin Shields. In other words, "Holiday" takes a classic pop chord progression and puts it through a house of shoegazer mirrors. Download it here. End of story, yes? Actually, no. Apparently, Cox left his Mediafire folder "unprotected and in plain view." The mistake unfortunately resulted in the folder raided, and the many demos, including ones for a new Atlas Sound LP titled Logos, contained therein being leaked. Cox responded with few despondent blog posts that have since been removed. The first one involved Cox calling the raider a C U Next Tuesday. (Bet you can figure that one by yourself).
Here's what Cox wrote subsequently:
Fuck this shit. I can just make another album. It's not finished and now it never will be. It was also going to have a rad cover. i would describe it to you but that would be stupid. P.S. there are no vocals on Quick Canal. I never got the chance to record them. This record was not free to record, so if you'd like to pay for hearing it send a paypal donation to email@example.com. I am not a fucking opportunist so don't think I expect it.
And, in a follow-up post:
I have no idea what people want me to do. I'm not trying to be a cunt to anyone. I will finish the fucking album and stop bitching. I honestly really truly do not want attention from this. Sincerely. I wish none of this shit would have happened. I was just trying to give away another virtual 7". Now everyone that reads this thing is going to think i'm a fucking lunatic. I just have nothing to do. I guess I'll go clean my room.
Yikes. (On a personal note, just because someone puts themselves in a situation where they can be taken advantage of doesn't actually give you the right to take advantage of them in the first place.)
Pity. The song is actually pretty great, like most of Cox's material. Listen to it at the top of the post. The B-side is "S.S.C", a reggae-tinged number.
Download the 7-inch here.
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