While it’s easy to assume that the end goal of each and every solo album by a backing member of a popular band is to escape the shadow of a primary star, Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt seems pretty cozy in Bradford Cox’s slim shade. It’s partially unfair to chide Pundt for using his debut LP as Lotus Plaza to stick to the lovely fuzz that made Microcastle so swoonworthy; he was, after all, one of its chief architects. Rather than using his soft voice and bright guitar to bring a distinct persona into clearer view though, he hides himself further inside the now-familiar haze. A shame, as the crestfallen melody saturating The Floodlight Collective makes it a more continually beautiful listen than the Atlas Sound record that Cox spun off from Deerhunter early last year. But where that alienated album sounded claustrophobically specific, Pundt’s effort feels almost bashfully vague. Momentary hints of rhythm, such as “Quicksand”’s spirited tempo, can’t grant meaning to its blurred sentiment. With fog this thick, it’d take a floodlight colony to fully cut through.