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- Split by Lotus Plaza/ Odonis Odonis
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 July 2011
Here is a split 12" on Palmist will be of interest to Deerhunter fans as one side is by Lotus Plaza, the solo project of magnificently monikered guitarist Lockett Pundt. His debut album 'The Floodlight Collective' is a superb piece of lo-fidelity 4 tracked shoegaze which should be sought out by fans of your early '90s noiseniks. Here, on the first track 'Remember Our Days' he plays it straight with an enjoyable piece of home recorded melancholy that is hampered somewhat by the staid drum machine. Now I'm not working on behalf of some kind of drummers union but I often feel that using a drum machine is a cop out and real drums provide a dynamic that is sorely lacking with its machine counterpart. Still it's a nice piece but not up to the standards of the other track here 'Out of Touch' which despite having a melodic similarity to 'I Think We're Alone Now' recalls the debut album's messy glory as well as some of Deerhunter's more strung out moments. On the other side the hitherto unheard of Odonis Odonis do themselves a favour with an excellent opener which recalls the early '90s girl shoegazers like Lush and Curve but with heavily reverbed John McGeoch guitar trills and production more akin to his work with Siouxie and the Banshees...and the early '80s goth rock influences are continued on the second track which sounds like a hyped up The Cure. Though they don't quite live up to the excellence of the first track once the male vocalist takes over there are some excellent hooks. 'Breathing Hard' recalls The Pixies and Nirvana in a mud tank.
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