Artist: Lotus Plaza
Album: Spooky Action At A Distance
If I wanted to be concise, I would call the new Lotus Plaza album pleasant. It is, Im not kidding. But its more, too.So much music depends on the mood youre in. On my first listen of Spooky Action At A Distance, I was ready for an album that I could put on and let it wash over me. Its not that I wanted to ignore it, or wanted an album I could put on to fall asleep to, I just needed something comforting. My familiarity with the Kranky label doesnt go far beyond my adoration for artists like Stars of the Lid and Greg Davis, and I always forget that they have regular old rock bands on the roster too. Theyre almost always great. This Lotus Plaza record is great. Im even willing to ignore the ritardando beat at the end of the first proper song.
Im not a production nerd. I love scuzzy lo-fi bands, and I could frankly give two shits what kind of software you used to master your record. (Is mastering still a thing? Thats not even a real thing, is it? This whole mastering gag is totally something musician thinks theyre in on… so fake…) But for once… I really appreciate the gloss on this album.The drums sound full, the guitar effects sound warm and crisp. I dont know, they just did a nice job and took a lot of time and money to make this record sound slick, and this kind of music admittedly deserves this level of production. I think leaving it hairier would have been a disservice to the songs.
Jet Out Of The Tundra utilizes repetition beautifully. This feels like a really classic album. A better Atlas Sound; sorry about the unnecessary comparison, but its a reference point. A lot of the songs are long, but none of them are boring. Quite a feat. The album ends on a really good streak. The last third of the songs are the albums most gorgeous. I love that. Too often, artists front-load the record with what are obviously the shiniest tunes, and its always so pleasing to me to find the final track to be something more than a coda. Doesnt it rule when the last track is the best song of the album? It rules.
by Will Anderson