THE APPLES IN STEREO TO RELEASE TRAVELLERS IN SPACE AND TIME ON 4/20
Studio-obsessed indie rockers The Apples In Stereo are celebrating the start of a new decade with the release of their seventh studio album, and most hi-fi and hook-laden production to date, Travellers in Space and Time.
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Described by front man Robert Schneider as "retro-futuristic super-pop," the album is the official follow-up to 2007's New Magnetic Wonder, and the band's second studio release for Elijah Wood's Simian Records. The album will be released April 20 via Yep Roc/Simian/Elephant 6.
Travellers contains sixteen piano-driven tracks, bubbling over with vocoder harmonies and sci-fi sound effects, like 70's AM radio filtered through a UFO; including the robotic first single "Dance Floor," the four-on-the-floor dream-scape "Hey Elevator," the Hall and Oates-tinged "Told You Once," and the epic, yearning "Dream About The Future." The musical theme heard in these songs can be described as intense pop hooks and electronic sounds, mixed with a pumping, get-up-and-moonwalk beat.
"I wanted to make a futuristic pop record, to reach out to the kids of the future," Schneider relates. "It is what I imagine their more highly-evolved pop might sound like: shiny soul music with robots and humans singing together, yet informed by the music of our time. So we are sending a pop music message through time, hoping they will decode it and be into it."
It is the first studio album from The Apples In Stereo to feature new drummer John Dufilho, lead singer of Dallas indie rockers The Deathray Davies; and sees Bill Doss (Olivia Tremor Control, Elephant 6) and John Ferguson (Ulysses, Big Fresh), longtime Schneider collaborators, as full-time keyboardists in the band, alongside veteran members John Hill (guitar) and Eric Allen (bass). Original drummer Hilarie Sidney left the band in 2006.
Anyone familiar with The Apples In Stereo's career will know Schneider's ever-evolving production process is as intricate as the recordings he generates. Engaging the same primary engineering team used to record New Magnetic Wonder, most notably Bryce Goggin, as well as many studio-savvy friends and cohorts, the band spent well over a year in the studio recasting their signature pop sounds in chrome-plated futurism, all while adding a dance-driven vibe channeling ELO, Barry Gibb, Wild Honey-era Beach Boys and Off The Wall-era Michael Jackson.
Travellers In Space and Time Track Listing
1. The Code
2. Dream About the Future
3. Hey Elevator
4. Strange Solar System
5. Dance Floor
7. No One in the World
8. Dignified Dignitary
9. No Vacation
10. Told You Once
11. It's All Right
12. Next Year at About the Same Time
13. Floating in Space
14. Nobody But You
15. Wings Away
16. Time Pilot