Album Review: Poolside – Pacific Standard Time

Poolside put out Pacific Standard Time a couple months ago. Lots of cool people have been jamming to it for a while now, including former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, whose been known to spin the single “Harvest Moon” from time to time in recent DJ sets. So why the heck are we telling you about it now do you ask? We have two pretty good reasons. First, Poolside was just in town on tour with Twin Shadow and totally killed it at Barboza. Second, the record is currently in rotation at KEXP and we want you to know what you are listening to when your head starts bobbing. Poolside’s record will make you do that – we promise.

The more you listen to this record, the more you love it. The first time through, you’ll feel it out, jam to it a little bit, then hit repeat. The second time, you’ll know what to expect and sway to it a little more. The third time, you’ll be hooked for good and playing it for friends on nighttime drives and at summer get-togethers. Pacific Standard Time gives you a lot to take in. Over the album’s 72 minutes, you’ll get plenty of funk, a little disco, some R&B, and then some house and some indie rock. The mixture feels as relaxed as is humanly possible – members Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise aren’t trying to prove anything. Rather, they are having fun creating music that they very obviously love. It won’t be hard for you to love it either.

Nikolic toured with Junior Senior playing bass, and Jeff Paradise hung out with The Rapture before they were The Rapture in college. That being said, if you are a DFA aficionado or just like the funner side of indie electronic and dance, you’ll love this record. The album’s pacing is flawless – the groove is never lost between tracks. That being said, the album definitely has its highlights. “Harvest Moon” is a gorgeous house-tinged track with a melancholy hook that has a good of a chance to make you dance as it does to get you all introspective and emotional. But with “Slow Down”, Poolside pulls you back to their realm of daytime disco and sets you on fire. The track was dubbed Best New Music by Pitchfork back when it first made its debut – after one listen, you’ll know why. From there, the album makes honest, lovable strides through decades of genre and style to create a unique and highly accessible experience. “Do You Believe” and “Take Me Home” also stand out as bona fide jams.

Pacific Standard Time is out now on CD, vinyl, and digitally. The digital and CD versions of the album are only 5 bucks!!! What a screamin’ deal! But really, you should get this badass colored double vinyl – it’s the best option. Poolside is touring with Twin Shadow now.

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