A quick Atom synopsis: It’s one guy and a sequencer/mixer, accompanied sometimes by a guitar. You wouldn’t be too far off supposing he’s like a punk rock Weird Al Yankovic or a one man Dead Milkmen, but you wouldn’t hit the nail on the head, either. What impresses me with Atom is that he opens me up a little bit to things I patently loathe – like dance music, beats, and straight-up indie rock – and incorporates them catchily into a song called “I’m Downright Amazed at What I Can Destroy with a Hammer.” I’ll be honest, the first several listens, I wasn’t that gripped with this EP. The songs – except the hammer song – seemed a little flat, falling into too similar musical grooves, but when I popped it on the headphones, I liked it much more. For someone who’s known for pretty hard-to-miss parody – like the song “If You Own the Washington Redskins, You’re a Cock” off the excellent Redefining Music – I found myself enjoying the musical nuances and how he layers the instruments and loops on top of one another. Not bad. Not bad at all.
–todd (File 13)