New Magnetic Wonder

New Magnetic Wonder

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by The Apples in Stereo
     
 

New Magnetic Wonder, the Apples in Stereo's return after a five-year hiatus, is one of their best records in a career made up of consistently fine recordings. Anyone expecting a return to the experimental, lo-fi wizardry of their early albums may feel let down by New Magnetic Wonder, but on the other hand, anyoneSee more details below

Overview

New Magnetic Wonder, the Apples in Stereo's return after a five-year hiatus, is one of their best records in a career made up of consistently fine recordings. Anyone expecting a return to the experimental, lo-fi wizardry of their early albums may feel let down by New Magnetic Wonder, but on the other hand, anyone fearing a return to the bland stripped-down and noisy sound of Velocity of Sound need not worry. What they have delivered instead is a crisply recorded set of bouncing rockers, sweetly strummed ballads, and vaguely trippy mid-tempo tracks that are full of hooks, melodies, and goofy fun. Over a base of solidly rocking bass, guitar, and drums (as well as Robert Schneider's reliably chirpy vocals), the band and their cohorts (the credits read like an E6 who's who, including Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, Bill Doss and W. Cullen Hart of the Olivia Tremor Control, and John Fernandes, who has played clarinet with just about all the E6 bands) create a rich soundscape of Mellotron, backing vocals, percussion, and vintage keyboards that envelops the record in a warm and lush haze at times and fills it with sunshine at others. Even more than previous Apples releases, it's a record that won't win any points for being profound or meaningful. Tracks like "Can You Feel It?" or "Energy" are breezy to the point of invisible, but if they don't get you singing along like a fool right away, you've probably come to the wrong party and should go find a Bright Eyes record instead. The more sedate tunes that dominate the second half of the record, like the yearning and psychedelic "Open Eyes" or the melancholy "Radiation," give the album some balance (and in the Mellotron-soaked epic "Beautiful Machine, Pts. 3-4," one of the record's finest moments), but it's the charming fluff like "Same Old Drag" and "Play Tough" that wins the day in the end. The Apples' successful return to the indie scene should be hailed with a hearty embrace (and a tear for the departure of drummer Hilarie Sidney, whose two contributions to the record, "Sundial Song" and "Sunday Sounds," are quite nice) for anyone who likes their pop silly but intelligently played and arranged. Welcome back, Apples!

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2007
Label:
Yep Roc Records
UPC:
0634457213227
catalogNumber:
2132
Rank:
240848

Tracks

  1. Can You Feel It?  -  Apples in Stereo
  2. Skyway  -  Apples in Stereo
  3. Mellotron, Pt. 1  -  Apples in Stereo
  4. Energy  -  Apples in Stereo
  5. Same Old Drag  -  Apples in Stereo
  6. Joanie Don't U Worry  -  Apples in Stereo
  7. Sunndal Song  -  Apples in Stereo
  8. Droplet  -  Apples in Stereo
  9. Play Tough  -  Apples in Stereo
  10. Sun Is Out  -  Apples in Stereo
  11. Non-Pythagorean Composition, Pt. 1  -  Apples in Stereo
  12. Hello Lola  -  Apples in Stereo
  13. 7 Stars  -  Apples in Stereo
  14. Mellotron, Pt. 2  -  Apples in Stereo
  15. Sunday Sounds  -  Apples in Stereo
  16. Open Eyes  -  Apples in Stereo
  17. Crimson  -  Apples in Stereo
  18. Pre-Crimson  -  Apples in Stereo
  19. Vocoder Ba Ba  -  Apples in Stereo
  20. Radiation  -  Apples in Stereo
  21. Beautiful Machine, Pts. 1-2  -  Apples in Stereo
  22. Beautiful Machine, Pts. 3-4  -  Apples in Stereo
  23. My Pretend  -  Apples in Stereo
  24. Non-Pythagorean Composition, Pt. 3  -  Apples in Stereo
  25. Bonus Materials  -  Apples in Stereo

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Apples in Stereo   Primary Artist
Eric Allen   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Group Member
Craig Morris   Guitar,Mellotron,Fuzz Bass
Jeff Mangum   Drums,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Robert Schneider   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,Vocoder,Group Member
Otto Helmuth   Mandolin,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Will Cullen Hart   Drums,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Hilarie Sidney   Percussion,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Group Member
Bill Doss   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Tony Miller   Background Vocals
John Fernandes   Violin,Bass Clarinet
John Hill   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Group Member
John R. Ferguson   Background Vocals
Per Ole Bratset   Guitar
Adam Sachs   Tambourine,cowbell
Matthew Goodman   Background Vocals
Pete Fitzpatrick   Euphonium

Technical Credits

Eric Allen   Echoplex
Bryce Goggin   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Electronic Effects
Fred Kevorkian   Mastering
Craig Morris   Engineer
Robert Schneider   Producer,Electronic Effects
Otto Helmuth   Engineer
Dan Efram   Executive Producer
Will Cullen Hart   Electronic Effects
Bill Doss   Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Mary Gunn   Graphic Design
Per Ole Bratset   Sound Effects
Adam Sachs   Engineer
Andrew McLaughlin   Collage
Pete Fitzpatrick   Engineer

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