Samara Lubelski is a songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and engineer. And she will release her first solo album since her 2016 ‘The Gilded Raid’.
Her first solo outing was in 1997’s In The Valley – a dense experimental string music exercise. In 2004 came ‘The Fleeting Skies’, a folk rock psychedelia bounty. After that, a steady cornucopia of publications arrived: Spectacular Of Passages (2005), Parallel Suns (2007), Future Slip (2009), Wavelength (2012), and The Gilded Raid (2016).
The new album drops May 11th.
There is an art and science behind constructing a collection of songs. And Samara takes that base, and experiments the way that she knows how, in the ultimate effort to convey the meanings of, and meaning-less thoughts and praises she’s accumulated.
‘Flickers At The Station’ is haunting, and constantly invasive musical amalgamation of notes and Galaxies. ‘Black Dots’, the first single of the set, communicates the essence of the journey you’re about to take, with psychedelic overtures to the divine and irrepressible. In ‘Mark The Spot’ continues where ‘Black Dots’ started, as the tone of the conversations is set in another world, unknown.
The goodness of the album is in its ‘consistency’ of the song, from the first track to the eleventh. The sentence is long, with many stops at the stations along the way. There aren’t many valleys, up or down. For ultimate the meaning of the end of that journey, is all up to the listener.
To say the least, this album is an odd audible painting, you surely won’t soon forget.
She’s rep’ed by Drawing Room Records, out of Brooklyn.