Overnight Motorcycle Music (ep)
Deerhunter’s Lockett Pundt already has a couple of releases out under his Lotus Plaza moniker – here’s the latest, a two-track EP released as a download/stream and on limited edition cassette tape. The two long improvisatory pieces that form Overnight Motorcycle Music take in all the minimalist touchstones (Terry Riley, Steve Reich – in fact it’s easy enough to hear this as a truncated version of Adrian Utley’s ‘In C’ homage) and add hints of how post-rock has harnessed minimalism but injected some surprise to what might otherwise sit as just flat textures.
The opening Indian Paintbrush is a quietly controlled, deft piece of solo guitar orchestra, the only pulse to it comes from the chiming of the nearly melodic lines as repetition is the key, a kind of musical assonance evolving, more a spiritual pulse than actual as it crawls, candle-lit into the corners and creeps up on 14 minutes.
Gemini Pt. 1 clocks in at just under 10 minutes and offers some of the trademark soft shimmer of Pundt’s guitar work – so subtle, spacious, spectral, it’s a little bit of late-night soul baring. Haunting and beautiful in the way of Helios or a recent Hammock offering.