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Boomkat Product Review:
Samara Lubelski is one of the survivors of New York’s ‘weird folk’ scene, but don’t let that half-arsed tag put you off. Trust us, she’s been a favourite in these offices since we first clapped hands around the gorgeous ‘In The Valley’ so it’s a real treat to see her back on blistering form with ‘Wavelength’. The disarmingly beautiful 60s-70s melodicism of her breakthrough ‘Spectacular of Passages’ is still spotlighted here, but everything sounds as if it’s been chiseled to a fine, sharp point. It’s hardly surprising that Lubelski’s day job is recording, mixing and mastering at the legendary Rare Book Room studio in New York. The actual ‘sound’ of her records is illuminating – in a way that the current scene and its predication for ‘laptop and a cracked copy of Live’ doesn’t ever nudge towards. It’s a softness in the drums, a candied smooth quality to Lubelski’s gorgeous voice, a subtlety in the guitars, or possibly that disarmingly cascading glockenspiel. Whatever it is it takes Lubelski’s charming retro pop to new levels of greatness, and while ‘Wavelength’ might not be the most talked about pop album in 2012, it will certainly remain one of the most haunting. Highly recommended.