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Part Time - 'PDA'

David Speck's music is so highly derivative of Pink’s Z-movie karaoke that it feels mechanical.

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  • Release Date 08 Jul, 2013
  • Record Label Mexican Summer
4 / 10
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.

John Calvert

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