David Speck's music is so highly derivative of Pink’s Z-movie karaoke that it feels mechanical.
David Speck is slavishly in thrall to glo-fi mentalist Ariel Pink, and his music is so highly derivative of Pink’s Z-movie karaoke that it feels mechanical. The result is a nasty aftertaste of contrived weirdness. In some ways the Californian’s coherent pop writing fills a hole in the wake of Pink’s deliberately difficult 2012 album ‘Mature Themes’. ‘Night Drive’, for example, is a genuine yacht-rock classic. Ultimately, though, Speck’s mimicry is little more than pale homage to a real eccentric, highlighting the gentle sadness and underlying soulfulness of Pink’s music. ‘PDA’ lacks this, and comes across as frivolous.