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The Volta Sound

"Fast Light With Radio Signal:" (Elephant Stone/Orange Sky Records)

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Like one prolonged Calgon moment set to wax, the Volta Sound's latest recording is pleasantly anesthetizing. "Hello all you people, waiting for your rapture to arrive," singer-guitarist Mike Cormier drawls midway through the disc, bringing the bliss on the appropriately titled "Zen Is Everywhere." Cormier doesn't breathe much life into his words; his voice is calming and sedate, like a warm bath. The rest of the Volta Sound tosses a toaster into the tub, however, with bursts of feedback, oceans of reverb, and full-on psychedelic fantasia.

The highlight of it all is "Ano Domination," an equally beautiful and bracing number with comfortably numb vocals and skyrocketing guitars. "You're Nobody's Girlfriend" is another gem, an acoustic sing-along powered by smiles and saccharin. Forget the bubble bath -- let the Volta Sound take you away.

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