Apache Relay

Apache Relay

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Continuing their evolution from straight-up Nashville roots-folk act to purveyors of lush indie pop, the Apache Relay turn in a more refined and distinctively less Southern set for their third effort. A six-piece sporting a full rhythm section, the band has come a long way since the dusty Americana of their 2009 debut 1988,See more details below

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Continuing their evolution from straight-up Nashville roots-folk act to purveyors of lush indie pop, the Apache Relay turn in a more refined and distinctively less Southern set for their third effort. A six-piece sporting a full rhythm section, the band has come a long way since the dusty Americana of their 2009 debut 1988, which was billed as Michael Ford Jr. & the Apache Relay. Two years later, they solidified their approach and shortened their band name with American Nomad, a more rock-oriented album that still relied on a certain rootsy, open-road twang. With their self-titled third album, the band eschews Nashville altogether, instead traveling to L.A. to work with esteemed producer Kevin Augunas (the Lumineers, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros) at Fairfax Recordings (formerly the legendary Sound City). The resulting album ultimately feels more honed and more unified than anything else they've done. Lead single and album-opener "Katie Queen of Tennessee" is a sublime blend of orchestrated, late-'50s countrypolitan and Fleet Foxes-era indie pop. Its deeply reverbed vocal blend and dense, acoustic strumming sets the tone for the rest of the album's 11 cuts which retain an essence of the band's roots sound, but filtered through Augunas' acoustic Wall of Sound. The clever use of mixed hand percussion and a minimalist drum kit endows many of the tracks with catchy rhythmic hooks, like on the punchy, shimmering "Ruby" and the moody "Good as Gold." Perhaps the album isn't a complete reinvention of the band, but it's definitely a case where applying some very distinct stylization to their songs gives the band a very different impression than last time around. The stripping away of more overtly country ornamentations like mandolin and fiddle in favor of piano, organ, and strings complements Ford's new, more pop-flavored songs, making for the band's most interesting and engaging album yet.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2014
Label:
Sbmc Inc. So Recordi
UPC:
0738572275723
catalogNumber:
2275723
Rank:
31843

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Apache Relay   Primary Artist
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
Peter Kent   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin,Concert Master
Dwight Mikkelsen   Conductor
Jeff Babko   Piano,Hammond B3
Kathleen Robertson   Violin
Kevin Augunas   Percussion
Aaron Embry   Piano
Johnathan Rice   Vocals
Sharon Jackson   Violin
Briana Bandy   Viola
Brian Fennell   Vocals
Michael Ford   Guitar,Chimes,Vocals,Group Member
Brett Moore   Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Hand Clapping,Group Member
Ben Ford   Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Group Member
Kellen Wenrich   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Chimes,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Vibes,Group Member,Hammond B3
Jonathan Rice   Vocals
Gavin Paddock   Percussion,Vocals,Timpani,Shaker
Mike Harris   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Hand Clapping,Guitar (Baritone),Group Member
Giovanna Clayton   Cello
Angie Engelbart   Vocals
Aaron Early   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Jimmie Haskell   String Arrangements
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Clif Norrell   Engineer
Kevin Augunas   Composer,Producer
Johnathan Rice   Composer
Brian Fennell   Composer
Edward O'Day   Management
Jeffrey Hasson   Booking
Apache Relay   Composer
Jeff Colvin   Legal Counsel
Gavin Paddock   Engineer
Brad Talley   Management
Reynolds D'Silva   Executive Producer

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