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South Ambulance- EP #5 An Indiecater Release

June 22, 2009

Another excellent release from Indiecater in the form of South Ambulance– simply named EP #5 but there is nothing simple about their tunes.   Delightfully layered with a tinge of melancholy that will catch you on the fist listen and keep you there for quite a few more.

Dear Mutiny kicks it off with staccato striking piano chords and a lonely sounding voice which is then joined in a harmony of discord with another striking piano and eventually a guitar joins the fray with some backing vocals.       Blissful dissonance!

They Stick Together has a more  jangly start with guitars but the ethereal voices are still there and What The Doctor Said turns into a great shoe-gaze number.

The Stay Away starts off with rather melancholic voices but is then lifted to give you that feeling of flowing along and coming back across yourself- brilliant!  Circling With Thee has a great fast pace which is followed by the Rabid Ghost and is a multi-layered tune that is perfect for the wind-down.

Maybe it’s their mention of Poe in their blurb at Indiecater that has me in a literary reminisce but the tunes actually remind of a passage from The Willows by Algernon Blackwood that I had read last year.

Great revelations of nature, of course, never fail to impress in one way or another, and I was no stranger to moods of the kind.  Mountains overawe and oceans terrify, while the mystery of great forests exercises a spell peculiarly its own.  But all these, at one point or another, somewhere link on intimately with human life and human experience. They stir comprehensible, even if alarming, emotions. They tend on the whole to exalt.

Dare I say that there there is The Swede in the story to go along with the fact that the band hail from Sweden- can’t seem to escape them these days but with tunes like these I welcome them all with open arms.

So head over to Indiecater and this delightful ep can be yours for the paltry sum of €2.50- for 6 tunes you can’t beat it!

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