Reviewed by Greg Beets, Fri., Nov. 18, 2011
PalitPopt (Pecan Crazy)
Led by multitalented visual artist/songwriter Lance McMahan, Palit taps a Shimmy Disc-inspired strain of mutant sleepwalk pop from the outside looking in. Most songs on Popt are catchy at heart, but forlorn vocal delivery and melancholic shoebox arrangements undermine their conventionality. The pleasantly tweaked "Pirates" resonates like a muffled Bowie/Eno outtake, while "Psychic Knife" ambles forth on a xylophonic melody that gradually unfolds into a rumpled epic climax. Finally, there's "Return the Bad Purchase," an ice-cold, pitch-black waltz with inner demons confirming that something was a little off-kilter all along.