The Sacramento quartet Model A first emerged with their 2001 EP entitled 'The Stir' which attracted disparate comparisons to Radiohead, Massive Attack and Spacemen 3. Three years later comes the near forty minutes of 'Transmission Lost'. Made up of just 6 tracks of which the first sums up their style in a nutshell. 'The Wasted Line' opens up with a feedback intro, continues with several guitar solos, following a non-linear song pattern and it's all topped off by Brandon Schilling's impressive wailing. Musically it's all over the place but then again this hasn't done the Mars Volta's (a notable soundalike) career any harm at all. Long-forgotten Brit prog-rockers Levitation are also recalled in the subtler 'Telling'. Unsurprisingly - given their meandering approach - Model A are said to be best experienced in a live setting yet each track possess moments of greatness even if those moments when added together fall short of overall greatness.