‘Spooky Action At A Distance’ (Kranky)
As a long-time friend and collaborator with Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, Lockett Pundt’s lean towards melancholic guitar mood pieces is totally understandable. Indeed, that guitar work is what comes across as the strongest feature of ‘Spooky Action At A Distance’ – tricky arpeggios and impeccably crafted feedback combine to create bleary, Kurt-Vile-esque smokescapes. Inherently, there is an anthemic quality to much of Pundt’s writing, too, though he cleverly filters it; partly with his dreamily opaque guitar work, and partly with his innate sense for when to check short of a boisterous crescendo. An impressive lesson in subtlety, class and restraint.