I mentioned Samara Lubelski in my earlier post on Thurston Moore’s solo album. She played violin on it and is currently on tour with him. Parallel Suns is her third solo album for The Social Registry (one of my favorite contemporary labels). Its a collection of gorgeous sun-dappled psych/pop/folk songs that showcase Samara’s incredible and ethereal voice. At times it recalls Stereolab at their most spare, but it has more of a 60s private press vibe (think Wendy & Bonnie). The arrangements a relatively spare; they’re usually just guitar, some percussion, backing vocals and organ. It works perfectly, as Samara’s gentle voice would be overwhelmed by lush arrangements.
Samara Lubelski – Born From the Tree