Violin sighs give
way to a harmonious chorus on (O Death), the funniest, shortest song on
Ambassadors debut album, Litost. The
ironically titled tune is so purposely not serious as to toss a
lyrical red herring into the middle of a meditation on the afterlife:
O death, show me your teeth / For Im trained in the art of
Ambassadors comedy comes neither unintentionally nor without careful
Its important to have a
good sense of humor about everything that happens to you, said front man Sam
Harris. I wrote that after everyone was on their way to recovery.
Blind since birth, his brother
Casey was working as a piano tuner when the Harrises committed to the band
full-time in 2010 with friends Noah Feldshuh, guitarist, and Adam Levin,
another of Casey Harris lifelong medical conditions necessitated a
kidney transplant. Their mother, a cabaret and jazz singer, was the donor.
Were glad it turned out
well, Sam Harris said. Its hard for me to write songs about things that
happen right then and there. It takes me two or three years to write about
something, and write about it well.
Having safely escaped
into the medical clear, Ambassadors now are focused on touring with a
Tuesday stop at Cains Ballroom in Tulsa to support their impressive
debut disc.Litost pounds
airy, cooing vocals; R&B beats; and pop string arrangements
into a tribal, indie-rock mash that begs comparison to Givers and Local
Natives, but Ambassadors ears are more attuned to alt-rock.
The minute we feel like
were starting to box ourselves in or turn into something thats definable, we
immediately try to veer away, Harris said, explaining the polarity of
influences. Thats when we get into danger zone.
Their love of disparate
genres is evident by the impressive range of covers available for free download
on Ambassadors blog:Nicki Minajs Save Me, Ginuwines Pony,
LCD Soundsystems Someone Great, The Strokes Is This It, Björks
Hyperballad the list goes on.
People love that shit,
Harris said. We never want to do anything too straightforward.