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Someone Else's Deja Vu

Author: J. Niimi
07/10/2008 | Chicago Reader | www.chicagoreader.com | Live Show Preview
Joe Knapp, the singer-songwriter behind Son Ambulance, has long been an associate of Conor Oberst—­he's a former member of Bright Eyes, and his band's records have all been released by Saddle Creek—­but his subdued, dreamy sound is pretty much the polar opposite of Bright Eyes' itchy emo. Unlike previous efforts, the act's newest full-length, Someone Else's Deja Vu, is mainly Knapp solo, with help from regular confederate Jeff Koster plus members of the Faint and Tilly & the Wall. The main reference point here is mellow, late-60s/early-70s folk rock like Simon & Garfunkel and early Bee Gees, with sundry detours into samba-inflected pop ("A Girl in New York City"), blue-eyed soul ("Wild Roses"), and Elliott Smith-like DIY folk ("Horizons"). Knapp never strays for long, though, from his cardinal mood, which is introspective melancholia; this is no album for a horny summer night, but it's perfect for a rainy afternoon. Jennifer O'Connor and Fair Herald open. Arrow 9 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, $10, $8 in advance.
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