Lotus Plaza is the solo project of Deerhunter multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Lockett Pundt. His excellent first collection of songs The Floodlight Collective features ten great examples of layered melodic dream pop. You’ll hear echoes of his other project, for sure, but from the majestic echo chamber of “These Years” to the warped reverb and melodicism of “Different Mirrors,” the Lilys/Swirlies-on-’60-sockhop “Quicksand,” and “What Grows?”’s rock ’n’ roll shoegaze, it interestingly messes with the idea that Bradford Cox is the sole songwriting force behind that band. See, for example, opening track “Red Oak Way.” Much more than what you’d expect from a “side project.”


Not sure if you can tell from this crop, but that’s the Lotus Plaza in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia behind this Lotus Plaza, Lockett.

The Floodlight Collective 3/23 via Kranky.

Comments (17)
  1. I dig it. Looking forward to the rest of the album.

  2. Soundes excellent. Lockett is really big and spectacular part of the Deerhunter sound and it’s good to hear music coming directly from his vision.

  3. This album is really good. I think I prefer it to Atlas Sound (which I also liked).

  4. Kind of like Glasvegas minus the big break

  5. happy gilmore  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    Lockett>>>>Bradford
    Lotus Plaza>>>>Atlas Sound

  6. Vick  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    People who like the new Animal Collective will like this. It’s fresh.

    • Ace  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

      Yes they will, and the good thing is it doesn’t suck like Animal Collective. It is cohesive. :)

  7. Ace  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    The whole album is really really good. A must listen for 2009. Very dense and beautiful.

  8. “These Years” is better than “Brothersport.”

  9. Candy Wrrrraaapin  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    This is what its come to, eh? 2009 the year of SERIOUSLY BORING SHIT.

  10. pundtpassorkick  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2009 0

    Um…where do you fellas think the Lockster picked up this hazy, reverb-washing-all- over-you sound? Lotus Plaza’s student clearly learned at the feet of the master of Atlas Sound, Professor Cox.

  11. Beautiful. Thanks ‘Gum.

  12. Damn. This is his solo shit? Converted. Thanks.

  13. “it interestingly messes with the idea that Bradford Cox is the sole songwriting force behind that band”

    he’s not

  14. wow, i enjoy it more than both deerhunter and atlas sound. a crime? perhaps!

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