Part Time

Part Time

Vinyl Williams, Draag

Fri · March 15, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is all ages

Part Time
Part Time
Nearing a decade old and with a discography reaching deep into double figures across several different labels (Mexican Summer, Burger, Plastic Response Records), David Loca’s work under the Part Time moniker really shouldn’t require any introduction. Nonetheless, the release of what is officially his sixth album, fittingly titled Spell #6, does signal something of a re-birth and provides a compelling entry point for anyone new to Loca’s prolific output.

Whereas previous albums were notable for a charming lo-fi production, Spell #6 takes Part Time uptown, this time round the album was written and recorded in Los Angeles and Tas, telling tales of unrequited love, romantic gestures, bad decisions under hot lights, and unpinning it all, always (inevitably) LA.

Heavily influenced by the records, paintings and videos created by his dad as well as falling down YouTube-shaped rabbit holes, each smouldering track is doused with a classic pop flavour, spritzed with the sheen of synth-pop sensibility "I describe this album as ‘my studio album’, because it was entirely re-recorded at my drummer Walter Byer’s studio, unlike most of my past releases being bedroom experimental pop recordings.“ Loca produced the record himself, impressively appropriating a classic 80s pop sound that recalls some of the more grand productions of that era - think Stephen Street’s expressive production on ‘Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me’, Crowded House and The Church’s widescreen interpolation of Paisley Underground jangle, and there’s even traces Gerard McMann’s grandiose ‘Cry Little Sister’. In that sense, the record stands as an outlier in Loca’s catalogue, and in doing so sheds the sometimes limiting trappings of bedroom recording.

“I wanted to take the album to a beautiful place with a deeply honest voice, leading to what I feel is a hypnotizing cycle of wonder and love,” explains David. “I envision stories, cheesy montages in my head and try to paint a visual picture of them through the music.”

Whether you call it factual fiction or fictional fact, Spell#6 feels like a Lynchian melodrama, lead by its own cast of complex characters. There’s the suicidal party girls of ‘Before You Fall Apart,’ which draws on David’s love of Roxy Music with its Bryan Ferry slant. ‘The Boys That Make Her Cry’ laments falling for the wrong guy as it marches to a punky rock’n’roll Bowie beat and the protagonist of ‘Silent Francine’ notices unfamiliar feelings in herself and those around her as she grows. Through its sexy Careless Whisper haze, a damsel in distress is serenaded by the soulful sax of ‘I Can Treat You Better’ – where Ariel Pink’s guest appearance transforms the track into an infectious neon earworm. “Every song comes from a different part of my brain,” David reveals. “Sometimes I write songs as a gay man, sometimes as a woman. I just think, ‘if I were this person, I would like to write a song like this,’ I just write in different characters.”

Ostensibly tied to time and place, Spell#6 could only have been made on the West Coast, yet, Part Time has always made his music accessible and wide-reaching - a unique proposition in 2018
- Tough Love Records
Vinyl Williams
Vinyl Williams
Vinyl Williams is a project by Lionel Williams, local Los Angeles artist & musician. The unfolding of VW's sonic & visual work has glimpsed into the celestial aristocracy – impressionistic realms beyond cognition, namely inter-dimensional landscapes & civilizations, and inexplicably blissful moods of uncertain unfamiliar treasure.

The new album "Into" was released last July on Carpark / Company Records.

For fans of: Woodsman, Belong, Tim Hecker, Pure X, My Bloody Valentine, Can.

Recent support slots include: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, & Toro Y Moi.
Venue Information:
The Teragram Ballroom
1234 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90017