Spooky Action At a Distance by Lotus Plaza on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Lockett Pundt's second solo outing as Lotus Plaza, it becomes increasingly clear how critical his contributions really are to his other bands (Deerhunter and Atlas Sound). Spooky Action works in a vein similar to those outfits, with pop melodies and sensibilities at the heart of music wrapped in layers of fuzz and warmth. There's reverb on the guitars and vocals, along with restrained distortion and effects (appropriately lighthanded, since the feel here is decidedly ethereal). Tight, sturdy percussion is the grounding force. The crisp snares and chiming guitar on "Strange" anchor the wispy tune, and the weighty kickdrum gives bounce to the shimmering tambourines and gathering clouds of guitar on "Out of Touch." One strength of this set is its range of feeling, from the artfully thoughtful "Jet Out of the Tundra," to the Yo La Tengo–style gentleness of the lovely "Dusty Rhodes." Lotus Plaza's music complements the best of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Lockett Pundt's second solo outing as Lotus Plaza, it becomes increasingly clear how critical his contributions really are to his other bands (Deerhunter and Atlas Sound). Spooky Action works in a vein similar to those outfits, with pop melodies and sensibilities at the heart of music wrapped in layers of fuzz and warmth. There's reverb on the guitars and vocals, along with restrained distortion and effects (appropriately lighthanded, since the feel here is decidedly ethereal). Tight, sturdy percussion is the grounding force. The crisp snares and chiming guitar on "Strange" anchor the wispy tune, and the weighty kickdrum gives bounce to the shimmering tambourines and gathering clouds of guitar on "Out of Touch." One strength of this set is its range of feeling, from the artfully thoughtful "Jet Out of the Tundra," to the Yo La Tengo–style gentleness of the lovely "Dusty Rhodes." Lotus Plaza's music complements the best of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound.

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About Lotus Plaza

The project of Deerhunter guitarist/vocalist Lockett Pundt, Lotus Plaza recalls some of his other band's shoegaze-tinged hazy experimentalism and bursts of lucid guitar pop, but takes those sounds in directions influenced by '50s and '60s pop and '80s post-punk. Though he played in several groups during high school, Pundt wasn't in any serious bands until he met Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox in college and joined the fold. Pundt began recording as Lotus Plaza in 2007, playing most of the instruments himself and working in his bedroom on a four-track and computer setup. Lotus Plaza's debut album, The Floodlight Collective (named for the first band Pundt was in), arrived in spring 2009 on Kranky Records. Three years later, after Pundt completed his duties with Deerhunter for their Halcyon Digest tour, Lotus Plaza returned with Spooky Action at a Distance, a more streamlined set of songs. ~ Heather Phares

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