Part Time is the slinky (new-)romantic synth-centric project of San Franciscan David Speck. You may have already heard his breezy, deadpan “In This Filthy City” (FKA “If I Lose My Cool I Die”), a coy ’80s throwback that sounds like Ric Ocasek covering Haunted Graffiti. New single “I Wanna Take You Out” carries on the heavy eyed vibes and jammy riffs, but somehow finds middle ground between chillwave and yacht rock. That every track on debut What Would You Say? ends in a fadeout belies Speck’s omnivorous pop smarts: whether he’s aiming for seedy nightclub soundtrack or sundown beach party, you’ll uncover loose hooks upon repeat listens. Grab the two aforementioned tracks, and check the video for “Living In Pretend (My Girl Imagination),” below.
What Would You Say? (most certainly not a DMB reference) is out 7/5 on Mexican Summer.