Atlas Sound + Owen Pallett (What Are Artists Who Are Excellent Performers?)
by Christopher de la Cruz on February 11, 2010
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Over Feb Break, I snuck in to see Atlas Sound + Neon Indian perform at NYU.
Atlas Sound was incredible.
I’ve stated this before, but there are just some artists that can create beautiful music, but then there are some who can perform beautiful music. Atlas Sound is no doubt one of those artists as he recreates his experimental/electronic album on stage with simply a harmonica, a guitar, and a loop pedal.
Check out this rendition of the single “Walkabout” and let me know what you think.
Another artist who I would love to see live is Owen Pallett (formerly Final Fantasy) who just released his new Heartland album. Both Atlas Sound and Owen Pallett are similar in the sense that both their albums aren’t immediately enjoyable (like say Vampire Weekend). They are the type of albums that need time to really sink in, but are so worth it by the end. Seeing them perform live really makes you want to re-listen to songs you kind of skimmed over. Check Owen Pallett out as he performs my favorite song off his new album.
God… Imagine if both performed at Midd? That’d be the coolest fucking concert.
I saw Atlas Sound at All Tomorrow’s Parties. Wayne Coyne stood on the side of the stage and watched the entire set. Bradford rocks, though, looks just like Gareth from the British Office… I think it was at ATP where they were jamming together.
I also saw Owen play at the Kitchen in NYC last year. He wrote a 9-part piece about movement specifically for the occasion. I think the similarity between these two artists is their modesty as performers.
Check out “Lewis Takes His Shirt Off” at the Guelph festival (should be the first hit on youtube if you type in “Lewis Takes His Shirt Off”). maybe my favorite musical moment of last year.
Ooo! Thanks so much. I will definitely check it out.
That’s pretty fantastic. There’s another video floating around out there of Bradford (Atlas Sound), the guitarist from No Age, and director Jim Jarmusch (!) playing a ten-minute version of Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer”. It’s kind of similarly ethereal and transcendent, with lots of those shimmering layer of looped guitar. I highly recommend it.