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Apples In Stereo — Travellers in Space and Time

Apples In Stereo — Travellers in Space and Time
Apples In StereoTravellers in Space and Time
Simean Records; 2010
16 Tracks; CD, Double Vinyl LP

 

Review by: David Fisher

Picture a grassy park, a sunny afternoon, a case of beer, your significant other, and a Frisbee. You place a blanket under a shady tree and plunk your 'blaster' down, crank the volume loud enough to be heard while you run, catch, and throw the spinning disc. Now pop in your selection; Travelers In Space And Time by Apples In Stereo.

Lead singer, guitarist, and visionary, Robert Schneider introduces the following fifteen tracks using the spoken word, "The Code". He suggests that the more musically inclined you are, the more you will enjoy the music. Then comes the music.

Easy, breezy pop-hooks play, matched by light-hearted vocals. Nothing brash... nothing with too much of an edge. However, there is something captivating about Apples In Stereo's approach to each track. Each song presents a little fibre which works its way into your brain and gently exists there. It is not annoying, it is rather comforting.

Schneider has experimented with and created what he calls a Non-Pythagorean Scale; an atonal, slightly off-key sounding progression which sounds rudimentary but somehow captivating. The song, "C.P.U.", fully introduces this new sound. While it appears to be a ascension of just-off-the-mark notes, the consistency of the sounds is somewhat soothing. The keyboard upon which Schneider creates the Non-Pythagorean Scale has a circus-organ quality about it, a kind of a Big-Top rollicking which is quite infectious.

Apples In Stereo have been on Elijah Wood's label, Simian Records, since 2006. New drummer, John Dufilho, makes a seamless union with his new band mates. Vocals, predominantly led by Schneider, are clear and piercing.

Schneider has an obvious love of pioneer bands Electric Light Orchestra and The Beach Boys. The playful nature of the songs is reminiscent of his muses. "Hey Elevator" and "Told You Once" sound almost like new E.L.O. songs, complete with archetypal strings and the haunting shiver of violins which E.L.O.'s Jeff Lynne became famous for. Younger listeners who find pleasure in Apples In Stereo's latest offering should go in search of "Eldorado" or "Face The Music" by E.L.O. to discover some true base roots of this type of sound.

The happy, free-spirited songs continue throughout the whole album, your Frisbee activity is augmented by the jovial summertime sounds and you finally collapse back onto your shaded blanket, reach for a cold beer, and deliriously swoon in the bright afternoon.

Travellers In Space And Time Tour

Apr 20 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
Apr 21 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
Apr 23 - Middle East Underground - Cambridge, MA
Apr 24 - Castaways - Ithaca, NY
Apr 25 - Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
Apr 27 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
Apr 28 - The Pike Room - Pontiac, MD
Apr 30 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
May 1 - Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
May 3 - Turner Hall - Milwaukee, W
May 4 - Billiken Club - St. Louis, MO

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