Ambulance LTD

Ambulance LTD [EP]

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Ambulance LTD strikes again with this brief but stirring EP, politely, blatantly blending Britpop and dream pop references with the deliberate shimmer of Yo La Tengo. "Stay Where You Are" and "Primitive [The Way I Treat You]" are pretty damn perfect, the former acting as an arch, echoing reverb platform for Marcus Congleton's willowy vocal confidence, while the latter must make Bobby Gillespie wet himself with jealousy. The EP's duration similarly blends impeccable reference with sweeping melody, crafty arrangement, or both -- it's always something to give this ambulance its own coat of paint. Other highlights include "Heavy Lifting," which joins Badly Drawn Boy on an orchestral pop lily pad, and the softly layered pop of "Young Urban," which with its galloping drum overture and peels of guitar gets close to what it's like to be in love in the city.

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