This album kind of sounds like a manic-depressive alien dance party, which probably sounds appealing to some. It has pretty clean production, at times sounding like Of Montreal, and it’s spacey and groovy throughout with driving percussion and intermittent laser sounds. Sometimes it sounds pleasant if a little boring , sometimes it’s disorienting , and sometimes comes together nicely in rhythmic and harmonious syncopation. The cheerful “How Do I Know” is the official single of the album, and it is the most immediately likable, and thus most highly recommended.
The well-awaited release from Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt’s solo work drops the listener into a sleepy array of riffs, loops, and vocal hooks. Following his previous work, The Floodlight Collective, Pundt shows a change in his melodic tastes that edge towards the cheesy side of psych-pop: using pieces of shoegaze vibes with catchy rhythms and simplistic vocals. That being said, this album is not cheesy and should not be glossed-over for that reason; but, people who are sensitive to cheese (like myself) may take a little bit of time to warm up to it. I was expecting a more sprawling, dreamy soundscape feel, like his Come Back single from February. Instead, Spooky Action At a Distance lands itself at a transition similar to Atlas Sound going from Let The Blind Lead Those Who Cannot See -> Logos.