Spokes isn’t terrible, but it doesn’t live up to Plaid’s peak, the wonderfully melodic Rest Proof Clockwork. In fact, this LP reminds me of recent Orbital releases, with loud, busy dance tracks that seem like they’re about to burst into song, but leave me yearning for more melody. There aren’t any of the downtempo electronic ballads I’ve come to expect of Plaid, nor are there any hip-hop references. Instead, this is rather straight-forward electronica. From the slow-building “Even Spring” to the meandering, crackling “Cedar City” Spokes makes for good driving music, but for home listening it comes across as too familiar, too simplistic.