Lotus Plaza
The Floodlight Collective


2.5
average

Review

by Cam EMERITUS
April 15th, 2009 | 9 replies | 6,509 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite some promise, this debut mostly comes off as rehashed and boring.

Upon first listen to Lockett Pundt’s (under the name of Lotus Plaza) debut full-length, The Floodlight Collective, I had to double-check my iPod to be certain I wasn’t listening to Deerhunter. Sure, there’s bound to be some similarities between the two projects, especially since Pundt’s main claim to fame is his role as guitarist for that Atlanta-based quintet, but The Floodlight Collective is a bit too derivative of what proceeded it. The Floodlight Collective features every spare essential that made Microcastle such a remarkable listen: dreamy, wistful vocals, sedative instrumentation, songwriting that’s overly imbedded to psychedelia of the 60s (but without shedding all pop sensibility), and blurry production. It’s enough to call plagiarism.

Despite the similarities, there’s actually a few brief moments in The Floodlight Collective where Pundt one-ups the band he derivates from, but there’s unfortunately as many that are boring enough to negate any previous triumph. “Sunday Night” implants electronica into Pundt’s/Deerhunter’s sound, managing to successfully ground Pundt’s sometimes-unendurable dreamy/psychedelic act. This act doesn’t stay grounded for long, and it’s at its most unendurable and insufferable throughout the seven-minute “Antoine”, which is so uneventful and monotonous that it never seems to end. Other main offenders include “These Years” and “Whiteout”, each of which are so light and preoccupied that they’re instantly forgettable, and these tracks certainly aren’t benefited from Pundt’s vocals. He might be a component singer, but I can’t really tell: he irritably layers his vocals with countless effects, thus losing all coherence and, most importantly, losing all feeling.

“Sunday Night” and “What Grows?”, being an acoustic-led pop-rock track that’s also the sole catchy and memorable track on The Floodlight Collective, can’t save a record destined for obscurity. Maybe someday, when Deerhunter’s huge and racking up Modern Rock radio hits, we’ll all rediscover this record. Hopefully, if that doubtful occurrence ever ensues, we’ll leave this blemish where it belongs: in the past.



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joshuatree
Emeritus
April 15th 2009



3743 Comments


had this half-finished and sitting around for a while, so i decided to finish it.

gaslightanthem
April 15th 2009



5209 Comments


i'll just listen to deerhunter instead then

gaslightanthem
April 15th 2009



5209 Comments


also have you heard atlas sound?

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
April 16th 2009



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heh, I was thinking of reviewing this a while ago but didn't get round to it. It's grown off me a little bit but i still like it.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

joshuatree
Emeritus
April 16th 2009



3743 Comments


to gaslight, no
to alex, yeah i saw you had this at a four at one point idk we keep disagreeing i dont like it

Tits McGee
April 16th 2009



1876 Comments


yo first staff review for cam

I like Deerhunter but I'm passing on this one.

Kiran
Emeritus
April 23rd 2009



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked this a lot at one point but I got tired of it quite fast

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2009



14986 Comments


wow so fucking surprised i like this as much as i did


also wow i give every album a 4

urinol
October 25th 2009



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very good. But really needs nice sound system to ear properly. wont be a sucess cause is to good for 2009



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