Samara Lubelski is associated with a number of acts including stick-boy Thurston Moore, but her solo projects remain wholly her own. Apparently fairly consistent with her past solo albums, Lubelski's Wavelength is a cloud of timid, secretive vocals woven among bits of reverberating guitar and muted percussion. So consistent in style are the songs, in fact, some begin to blend together. Well-differentiated or not, Lubelski's psychedelic lullabies go down easily with Wavelength.
First and foremost: RIP Bare Wires, the defunct former band of guitarist Matthew Melton. But like the mythical phoenix, Melton has arisen from the ashes of his former band and formed Warm Soda, carrying on the power pop tradition. This debut album, compressed to a fuzzy AM radio sound, is a colorful guitar-driven fling through the more playful side of rock ‘n roll. Differentiating from Bare Wires, Melton has seemed to have caught a bit of a Strokes-ish influence and can be primarily seen in the title track, “Someone for You,” and “Waiting for You Call.” It takes you out of the music just a bit when you hear it and make the connection, but otherwise, it never seems like they’re trying to mimic them. Lastly, driving tracks like “Violent Blue” and “Only in Your Mind” really carry this baby to the finish for me. Melton’s vocals and guitar work really have an infectious/irresistible thing going on that really keeps me pulling me back for more. So do yourself a favor and pop this baby in and let that sticky bubbly fizz pour into your head.