Atlas Sound | Pitchfork Music Festival | July 14, 2012
Photo: Ellie Pritts
Bradford Cox wandered onstage as the first vicious rainfall of the afternoon drew to a close. Decked out in a summery straw hat, polka-dot shirt and curiously whitened face, he gallantly tried to raise the spirits of the drenched crowd despite the downpours that eventually got the better of his inspired set.
A soulful cover of blues legend Roscoe Holcomb's "Moonshiner" created a chill vibe before the Atlanta, Georgia native dove into his trademark ambient, meandering swells of shimmery pop and layered loops. Like his most recent Chicago performance at Lincoln Hall, Cox's set drew from his latest album, Parallax—but this time around the songs sounded brighter, fuller and more dynamic.
Despite the crowd's willingness to stick out the rain and Cox's determination to roll with the punches, the weather won out. His final song featured samples that fittingly sounded like far-away thunderclouds rising and falling between sparse guitar lines, but it wasn't long before this bliss was ruptured by the hiss and pop of failing electronics. "Sorry guys, the rain killed my shit," shrugged Bradford. "I would have loved to play some more."