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Someone Else's Deja Vu

07/13/2008 | Redorbit.com | www.redorbit.com | Album Review
Joe Knapp's third full length as Son Ambulance starts off ebulliently. This is quite a departure from where Knapp started modestly with his split LP with Bright Eyes, "Oh Holy Fools" (2001), then onto "Euphemystic" (2001) and his self-titled and more fleshed out record often referred to as "Key" (2005). Formerly Knapp relied heavily on piano, but on this record he explores brave new musical territory. To record "Someone Else's Deja Vu," Knapp collaborated with former and current bandmate Jeffrey Koster who seems to be responsible for turning Knapp's songs into grandiose sonic masterpieces. The first track, "A Girl in New York City," switches seamlessly between Os Mutantes-style psychedelia and bossa nova. Knapp's voice silkily soars over top bird calls, ba bas, frenetic drums, whistles, and hand claps. The next song "Legend of Lizeth" starts out as a doo wop number with slow dreamy oohs and Knapp's voice drapes lazily over the background. The tempo picks up and the dynamic changes to the sound of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, and ends with fuzzed out guitars creating a wall of noise. Clocking in at over six minutes, Knapp weaves a tale about an enchanted forest, bells, his girl's sweet smile, and faeries. It almost sounds like Knapp has found otherworldly happiness. The record ends on a sad note. "Requiem for a Planet" is a dismal look at what humans have done to this planet, but it's good that musicians are addressing the state of the world today in song. Knapp is all about change these days.RZA as Bobby Digital: 'Digi Snacks' (Koch)

Rating: 7
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