Check Out Our Turntable Store
Need a new record player? Check out our turntable store for a great selection of turntables, needles, accessories, and more.
Spooky Action at a Distance
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Special offers and product promotions
Vinyl LP pressing. 2012 sophomore album from Lotus Plaza, the solo nom de plume of Lockett Pundt, better known as the guitarist in Deerhunter. He has the uncanny ability to build soaring, melodic gems from simple musical phrases; a mobius strip of unabashed rockers, acoustic laced introspection & lysergic electronics. Spooky Action At A Distance is a wide angle view of what should be the zeitgeist of contemporary guitar pop.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The immediate difference between Floodlight and Spooky is the production. While the songs are certainly the work of the same mind, Spooky dodges the bedroom production vibe of Floodlight, having been recorded in a studio with a proper producer, C. Laszlo Koltay. Pundt is still playing all the instruments, writing all the songs and following his muse. There's a dark, wandering, longing vibe throughout, adding a romantic, almost mythical, sort of element - not at all unlike what brought Elliott Smith fans so close to his work. The mix of clean but edgy pop tracks and nearly shapeless sonic experiments blend together surprisingly well over the course of the album's 10-song set, Pundt acting as a sound auteur, creating a mood and holding on tight for the duration.
As far off as the Elliott Smith comparison might seem to some, I can't help but go back to it. Like Ells, Pundt doesn't so much write his music as he does build it. The songs feel like labored-over constructions - a man in a room, trying out every idea he has until one feels justright. Also, like Smith, Pundt has a unique sincerity and vulnerability in his voice that will - or at least should - help him connect to his listeners in a more personal way than most of songwriter contemporaries. Sure, he's not nearly the brilliant lyricist Smith was, but Spooky Action at a Distance is hard proof that Lockett Pundt is a full-blown music maker of the highest degree, right up there with his pal, Brad Cox, even.
Read more of my music- and film-related reviews at ZeCatalist.com.
with an awe-inspiring natural sense of depth and clarity that's layered with subtle ambient drone
and a gentle druggy sparkle. The songs have a dreamy, relaxing attraction built on strength of
melody, while retaining an edge of experimental sound sculpture. The vocals feel genuine and
compelling, and are complimented by catchy, driving guitar refrains. Listening to this, it's easy to
understand why Deerhunter are such an amazing band. When you combine the eclectic genius
of Bradford Cox with the innovative, warm pop stylings of Lockett Pundt, good things happen.
And now Lotus Plaza has risen to the same level. Sometimes recalls artists like Felt, Wild
Nothing, Sleepy Jackson, Weird Dreams, Carter Tanton &, of course, Deerhunter. This is an
album that begs for repeated listening. Brilliant! ...from Atlanta, Georgia.
The latest album from the groups quietest member packs a suprising punch and demonstrates his skill at constructing songs that are bursting with melody. "Strangers" is an immediate standout with Locketts lyrical refrain of alienation and insouicance set to immediately invitng guitars and a simple drum beats that elevate the songs catchiness no end. i like many other listeners have found myself singing the lines "What's wrong you said, I shrunk and shook my head". Other themes like yearning and nostalgia are present throughout this record too perhaps best exemplified by "Remember Our Days" which delicately chugs along sounding gossamer and heartfelt "smiled at the time that we spent, if i don't see you again i'm glad that you were my friend".
The overall sound of the record isn't easy to categorize but familiar patterns of loops, light distortion and pulse like drumming are present in almost every song here, excluding "Black Buzz" the largely acoustic number and it's a combination that really complements his approachable if somewhat limited monotone vocals. I have few complaints about the album in all honesty aside from the occasional moment where some of the songs called for an additional element or effect to make them really soar, nevertheless this is an impressive sophomore record by another rising star from the mighty deerhunter.