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  • Summary: This is the second album for the solo project for Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt.
  • Record Label: Kranky
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Apr 4, 2012
    84
    It's one of the strongest indie rock records of the year so far.
  2. 80
    Showcasing his most straightforward songwriting yet, Spooky Action at a Distance solidifies for us what Pundt has always been: a vital element of Deerhunter and an understated conjurer of rock reveries.
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    There is a prevailing, bleary charm in its warmest moments - Eveningness, White Galactic One - that make Lockett's latest well worth investing in. [May 2012, p.101]
  4. Apr 4, 2012
    70
    Spooky Action at a Distance might be more low-key than some of Pundt's other work with and without Lotus Plaza, but it's still a great showcase for his winsome songs.
  5. Apr 9, 2012
    70
    The new songs display a newfound sophistication in composition, arrangement, and production, with richly layered, textured guitars, and Pundt having come ever closer to finding his own voice.
  6. Apr 9, 2012
    70
    Spooky Action at a Distance is an album with a lot of footholds--different kinds at that--and it spreads them out in a fashion just as lazy and distracted as the songwriting itself.
  7. Apr 5, 2012
    60
    As a whole, Spooky Action feels like a mostly great demo: In many ways, we've heard all these songs before, in slightly tighter fashion, on the last two Deerhunter albums.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 19, 2012
    9
    A very meditative record, perfectly crafted and with no fillers. Deerhunter reminisces all over it but there's enough space for theA very meditative record, perfectly crafted and with no fillers. Deerhunter reminisces all over it but there's enough space for the difference, although melodically nothing's properly new here. Expand
  2. May 6, 2012
    9
    Lotus Plaza's "Spooky Action at a Distance" is filled with large hooks and doesn't let go. The first track "Untitled" perfectly introduces theLotus Plaza's "Spooky Action at a Distance" is filled with large hooks and doesn't let go. The first track "Untitled" perfectly introduces the album and takes you to another dimension. The eerie yet romantic melody slowly rises and the puts you in an out-of-body state, as well as the rest of the album. Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2012
    8
    Probably going to be one of the best indie albums of 2012! Pitchfork festival in Chicago will be coming this summer, and I see that LotusProbably going to be one of the best indie albums of 2012! Pitchfork festival in Chicago will be coming this summer, and I see that Lotus Plaza is on the bill for day 3! Expand
  4. May 26, 2012
    7
    Lotus Plaza and "Spooky Action At A Distance" is a great indie rock album. Through songs such as "Strangers" - indeed, can be frustratingLotus Plaza and "Spooky Action At A Distance" is a great indie rock album. Through songs such as "Strangers" - indeed, can be frustrating slightly repeatable themes or bridges, where instrumental parts sometimes do not fit the whole song ("White Galactic One"), but overall - on the album band created very melodic version of indie rock, sometimes combining this style with pop or alternative inserts. Little shoegaze overtones also causes that album stands out from the competition. Expand