Son, Ambulance – Someone Else’s Déjà Vu

sonBesides being pretty damn clever, Someone Else’s Déjà Vu is an accurate title: it’s a mixture of familiarity and complete originality. This could be because Son, Ambulance has taken inspiration from various places in time and of course the sound that can only be described as what many Saddle Creek bands do best: make their own sound new and progressive. Maybe I was already a bit biased going into this, and, turns out, rightly so – to say the album is virtually perfect is an understatement.

Someone Else’s Déjà Vu opens with “A Girl In New York City” and is like nothing else on the album. As soon as it came on, I wondered why it wasn’t the opening music to the movie Sex and the City. It’s got all the potential for Carrie Bradshaw to strut down the street in her overly expensive shoes, or at least, to be right at home in some trendy coffee shop. It was a fun start, but I was glad that sound wasn’t their focus for the rest of the album.

The next track, “Legend of Lizeth,” and later tracks “Someone Else’s Déjà Vu” and “Requiem For a Planet” have aspects of spacey and psychedelic rock of the 70’s that create such a hazy atmosphere you’ll be sure to get lost in it. But don’t get too comfortable: it won’t be long before Son, Ambulance takes you into a different world and another part of their musical spectrum. From old western influence like “Quand Tu Marches Seul” to Simon and Garfunkel-esque “Horizons” to effortless folk found in “Yesterday Morning,” Son, Ambulance has done it all on this album. Every song is interesting and captivating, even the interlude “And” holds your attention into “Juliet’s Son.”

There’s no denying some similarity to fellow Omaha native and record label member Conor Oberst. The simple guitar and lyrics of disappointment on “Constellations” could have easily been on Bright EyesA Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997, only with better sound quality and a stable voice. You’ve got to value a band that can experiment with genres and pull off just about anything.

Aside from holding more variety than you could ask for, it’s altogether refreshing to listen to a group with such natural talent. Singer Joe Knapp never tries to be anything he’s not – he’s an average guy with an average voice and something to say. If you appreciate that, you’ll enjoy the beauty of sincerity and simplicity in Someone Else’s Déjà Vu, out July 8th.

01. A Girl in New York City
02. Legend of Lizeth
03. Quand Tu Marches Seul
04. Wild Roses
05. Horizons (download)
06. Yesterday Morning
07. Constellations
08. And
09. Juliet’s Son (download)
10. The Renegade
11. Awakening
12. Someone Else’s Déjà Vu
13. Requiem for a Planet

Son, Ambulance: website | myspace
Saddle Creek: website | myspace

Written by: Melissa


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