Oh Holy Fools
This is split record between Son, Ambulance and Bright Eyes, with each group contributing four songs. Son, Ambulance is essentially one Joe Knapp with a number of backup musicans and this is their first release. Previously Knapp was spending time playing drums with Bright Eyes before starting his own thing. For Bright Eyes, this is their fifth release: three full-lengths, and EP and now this split. As might be appeared by the two gorups intermingling, their songs merge on the same plane of excistence. Mellow dev-drop basics overlaid by a number of differant instruments topped off by pure indie-rock vocals in the vein of Elliott Smith. Son, Ambulance and Bright Eyes go back and forth on the tracks on this record. Starting it off is Son, Ambulance with a very Beatles-esque song “Brown Park," but with the indie-rock angle. The first song by Bright Eyes, so the second of the album, “Going for the Gold" is by far the best on the record, using an excellant method of doubling the vocals over the acoustic and flute driven main. Son, Ambulance definitely ahs the Belle and Sebastian thing going on througout their songs, though with less harmony and talent, Bright Eyes tends to bring a better quality to the album, but if you dig the super-mellow, somewhat off-key indie singing then Son, Ambulance should do you well. If you enjoyed Bright Eyes' previous material, then you will continue to enjoy this release.