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Someone Else's Deja Vu

Author: Francesca Camillo
Son, Ambulance's Someone Else's Déjà Vu is silky like comfortable afternoons lounging and doing what you want to. Joseph Knapp's voice is soft and resigned, but safe in a consoling, forgiving way. His collaboration with Jeffrey Koster is loaded with nuances of psychedelic pop that are both endearing and poignant, presenting images from moments that should be preserved because of their individual, immediate beauty.

The song lineup is almost like still-images and pockets of scenes imbued with dreamscapes that are at the same time universal and individual. The mildly spicy samba opening of "A Girl In New York City" segues into bright carnival scenes. "Legend of Lizeth" is a pretty tune that's comfortable reminiscing moments passed and can speak to the catalog of collective memory. "Juliet's Son" breathes soft warnings and reassurance with a subtle tremolo in Knapp's voice, which makes it all that much more believable. The turn it takes melodically is slightly more ominous, if only as a reminder of our fallibility. The a cappella infusions almost solidify Son, Ambulance's ability to extract and mold high points of different genres into something their own, creating a subtle, yet true-to-its-roots homage to Tommy James and Pink Floyd, among others. They even look to guest musicians from Tilly and the Wall and The Faint in addition to their meanderings into of sax, vibraphone, and double bass that bolster the line up.

Collectively, Someone Else's Déjà Vu yields the dynamism of Knapp's vast songwriting ability and reveals that this band can wear many hats—and well—to create tunes that are familiar, sad, and promising all at once.
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