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Boomkat Product Review:
Freaky folk goddess Samara Lubelski's last album 'Spectacular of Passages' came seemingly from nowhere but quickly captured our hearts and became one of our most played records of last year - so you can imagine how excited we were at the prospect of a new full-length. With a history of playing with such avant-folk mainstays as Tower Recordings and Hall of Fame, she has some pedigree to live up to, but instead of looking back she moves on further into the realms of lounge-pop. Indeed the last album's highlight 'Sister Silver' proves the best reference for the sound of 'Parallel Suns', which could possibly be seen as Lubelski's pop album. Certainly it's a short record of nine three-four minute psychedelic pop gems, reminiscent of The United States of America or early Broadcast and each song seems more memorable than the last, each expertly pieced together by Lubelski's gang of able collaborators. Like Thurston Moore before her (whose recent album she played violin on) Lubelski has taken the experimentation of her previous work and used it as foundations for something far more accessible, while never losing sight of the fact that she's writing music that's deeper than your average pop record. Just check the album's most propulsive track, the immense 'Tasting the Candy', a double-time psych-pop stomper and a track that perfectly marries her keen production knowledge (Lubelski engineers at the renowned Rare Book Room studio) and catchy songwriting. With soft Hammond organ and crisply processed guitars she manages to make a shimmering psychedelic world sound much more open, and in such distances herself from the rather sloppy 'New Weird America' scene from which she was birthed. This is the album 'Spectactular of Passages' just slightly missed out on being, living up to all her early promise and hopefully hinting at further development, and for fans of any of the aforementioned acts I'd say she's an artist you simply need to check out without delay. The world might be awash with fuzzy psychedelic records, but when Samara Lubelski's at the helm you know you're in for a very special journey indeed... huge recommendation.