South Ambulance – EP#4 and EP#5 (Indiecater Records)


Stockholm, Sweden’s South Ambulance have been putting out sequentially numbered EPs since 2004, when they released EP #1 on CD-R. EPs #4 and #5 from 2009 display tremendous growth in a short period of time. EP #4 has the band’s core sound, a combination of 1980s British indie-pop, Creation-style shoegaze and the sun-drenched bounciness of twee-pop. The songs are good, but the recording is lo-fi and unbalanced, which makes it less enjoyable. EP #5, released just three months later, has a far better sound and better songs, like “Dear Mutiny” – a beautiful melancholic study in how to build tension, “They Stick Together” which cross-pollinates Arcade Fire and The Boo Radleys, and “The Stay Away” which has just about every guitar sound that you could ever hope for in a three-minute song. Supposedly there’s an EP #6 scheduled for 2010, and if the band can maintain the same kind of upward trajectory, it should be cause for celebration.

Tracklisting:

EP#4

  1. Davy Crockett
  2. Flowers
  3. I Think Of Death
  4. King Of The Geeks
  5. Kinky Love

EP#5

  1. Dear Mutiny
  2. They Stick Together
  3. What The Doctor Said
  4. The Stay Away
  5. Circling With Thee
  6. Rabid Ghost
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