Son Ambulance, 'Someone Else's Déjá Vu' (Saddle Creek)

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Someone Else's Déjá Vu
Critical Mass
Label: Saddle Creek

by Andrew Earles

If the ultra-lo-fi shitgaze genre (Pink Reason, Times New Viking) represents one extreme of indie pop, Son Ambulance clearly represents the other. Omaha-based multi-instrumentalist Joe Knapp spent three years making Someone Else's Déjà Vu, and the album is another reminder that lush studio-reliant soft and prog rock of the late '70s can still offer legitimate inspiration. For example, towering highlight "Legend of Lizeth" is updated Lindsey Buckingham circa Tusk tinged with Animals-era Pink Floyd, and it's the first of many tracks (like "Wild Roses" and "Yesterday Morning") that sound as if they took three years each to write and record.

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