“We’ve been keeping an eye on Scale Model for some time now, and it’s for good reason. After having a listen to their debut LP Star, we understand why our ears have remained perked. Blending synth pop tendancies with indie rock hooks, this is an album to keep an eye on this year. Megan Rox vocals are ethereal and dreamy, while the rest of the album makes you want to break into dance regardless of locale. They brought in some pretty players for this one too with Matt Mahaffey (Self, Beck, Pink, Hellogoodbye) handling mixing duties, while Jeremy Ferguson (Turbo Fruits, Tristen, Forget Cassettes) tracked the record at Battle Tapes. We imagine some more local gigs are going to be announced around the release, but for now, you can go ahead and mark your calendar to check them out at Sevier Park Fest on May 3rd. While you are waiting for that to happen though, start digging into Star below.”
“The band released their debut full-length album, “Star,” on April 7. The LP was recorded with Jeremy Ferguson at Battle Tapes, (Turbo Fruits, Tristen,) and Brian Carter at Paradox Productions (The Features), and mixed by Matt Mahaffey (Beck, Hellogoodbye). A catchy fusion of danceable electro-rock and synth progression, Scale Model commands control of the dreamy pop space set into motion by a late 70’s Cure-esque post-punk and mid-80’s new-wave, and continued by bands like Beach House and Metric. With compelling, optimistic rhythms, the album is confidently crafted, featuring an assured mastery of ambient sound. Singer Megan Rox boasts a snowy, refined voice that could harken back equally to a soft, folky tune in a 1960’s Cambridge cafe as it could to a slew of synth-pop European discotheques. It’s simultaneously angelic and numbing, warming and detached. The lyrics are often refreshing devoid of abstraction, ringing in objective observations of today’s cultural scene. ”
"On Scale Model’s New Wave-inspired tracks, Megan Rox’s lovely, clear voice floats atop propulsive live drumming, keytar melodies and spacey synth sounds. (One song title, “Airstream in Space,” suggests their aesthetic.)"
"Scale Model certainly seems inspired by New Romanticism, with four-on-the-floor beats, positive-minded, ambitious content and saccharine, synth-driven progressions."
"...Scale Model uses New Wave’s synthesis of propulsive rhythms from krautrock and disco as a foundation...letting Rox’s vocal melodies float on top like Nena or “Heart of Glass”-era Debbie Harry."
"[Megan] Rox’s more self-assured vocals have become a revelation. It’s not just that her singing is so delectable and angelic on this brand new EP, but on songs like the wondrous “Ground Beneath My Feet” (and the great “Set Me Free,” from their also-excellent 2010 Set Me Free E.P.), her delivery and words sound inspiring. And on closing tracks “Mindreader” and “Impression,” her voice soars. What a lovely record!"
"Upbeat music, catchy hooks and an excellent underlying melancholy vibe to it all."
"Scale Model melds a meek collab of '70s power pop with '80s new wave. With tunes ranging from outright catchy to rather hummable, the female-fronted quartet’s humble presence is counter-pointed with a whirlwind of fuzz, synths and melody."