I think it's taking its cues from The Great Escape balladry the most but there isn't really a "The Universal" here. And MLIR has stuff like "Miss America" (and "Peach," if you're American.) The post-1995 stuff doesn't seem to be that influential IMO. Or maybe I just don't listen to those albums much.
Screw that audience and their cell phones, "Thought I Was A Spaceman" is glorious dreampop!
Reading about Indie Cindy's release makes me glad I'm just listening to the whole thing as Youtube background music. Who releases three EPs in 2014? I wondered if that was some sort of Record Store Day thing. I heard their live shows (with Deal or without) were mostly terrific, but I guess they would have been good for the easy reason that something like Led Zeppelin's 2007 Celebration Day shows would have been good.
"80s and 90s dreck" - Was Off The Ground good? George loved that one but his opinion is slightly suspect, he adored Paul but I guess he left a lot of sneering for the mid 80s stuff which I've only heard bits of in passing. In fact George is the only person I can think of who really loves Wings/solo McCartney that much!
I'm always curious now as to what is going to date things to 2000-2009. A 67 minute Paul McCartney album (with few people remarking on the fact that it's 67 minutes) reads now like a really hilarious load of end-of-the-CD-era silliness, like something people would only do if they knew CDs would be obsolete in six years. That said all I know from the album is "From A Lover To A Friend" which was a good song. I'm only now recently finding out that Heather Mills did porn and that so many people hated her. I don't know if she's still with Paul or what. Didn't he try to work with Steve Albini or something once?
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard is good, though. I don't know if that will "date" badly to 2005 the way some 2001 album will date to 2001, God knows what ideas were Nigel Godrich's, probably not "English Tea." The little bits of wintry echo in "Riding To Vanity Fair"? I dunno, bro.
Side note: Stephen Malkmus doesn't like Nigel Godrich's much Godricher production job on Terror Twilight, my favorite Pavement album! He's admitted it.