Part Time = Steely Dan / Ariel Pink + Donnie and Joe Emerson
Virgo’s Maze marks the first time David Loca, of Part Time fame, has had complete artistic control over an album. Luckily, it’s a double album and features 20 tracks recorded over the last five years. “My Jamey” is taken from a 7” split with Gap Dream released last year, and marks the kitschy synth pop Loca has nearly perfected. The rest of the album reveals Loca’s musical journey as he defines the middle ground between breezy yacht-rock and sleazy, 80s nightclub ballads. Loca’s Part Time project oozes with 80s vibes of hazy nights with red lipstick and leather, and Virgo’s Maze contains some of the dreamiest hooks Loca has ever put to tape. “Ganz Wein” and “Real Connection” are prime examples of Loca’s musical codeine via synthesizers, and just one of the reasons Virgo’s Maze is already on my year-end list.
From Part Time's last album, PDA. (2013)