One of my first encounters with Ambulance was at a marketing meeting at my old job, the VP of marketing said basically â€œI know a lot of you have been waiting a long time to work this kind of record. Well, here it is.â€ And so it was.
Some might be surprised that Iâ€™m a fan of this record, being as itâ€™s so definitively a Williamsburg hipster thing, but to them I say that Iâ€™m just full of surprises.
When I was working the record, the party line was that it was like Velvet Underground meets Jesus and Mary Chain, which is pretty accurate. These days, I like to think of it as â€œWhat The Beach Boys would sound like if they grew up as stoners in the 718 (totally unlike what Marcus, Benji, Darren and co actually are, right guys?). Dreamy guitar pop with influences as wide as shoegazer, twee, and other indie pop genres, make this a consistantly mellow, enjoyable listen, even in its more wall-of-sound tracks. Highly recommended.