Travellers in Space and Time

Travellers in Space and Time

by The Apples in Stereo
     
 

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In the three years since the release of New Magnetic Wonder, something strange happened to the Apples in Stereo's Robert Schneider as he was writing songs and plotting for the group's seventh album, Travellers in Space and Time. Maybe he accidentally caught Xanadu late at night on cable, maybe someone slipped an ELO song onto a…  See more details below

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In the three years since the release of New Magnetic Wonder, something strange happened to the Apples in Stereo's Robert Schneider as he was writing songs and plotting for the group's seventh album, Travellers in Space and Time. Maybe he accidentally caught Xanadu late at night on cable, maybe someone slipped an ELO song onto a mixtape, or maybe he caught a disco oldie while flipping across the radio dial, but no matter where it came from, suddenly the Apples' main goal in life is re-creating the sound, feel, and magic of ELO and Olivia Newton-John's "Xanadu." Schneider and the group (which includes Elephant 6 mainstay Bill Doss and a bunch of guys who can do just about anything, including contribute some fine songs to the track list) layer vocoders, disco strings, wacky synths, and pulsing dancefloor beats into their trademark bubblegum indie and come up with an album that will surprise a lot of people. It's still recognizably an AIS record, there's no mistaking Schneider's wispy vocals, and there are quite a few songs that chug merrily along like vintage Apples. The preponderance of hooks, too, is trademarked. Still, the new trappings make Travellers sound like the work of a band with a renewed energy, and the joy they put into making it comes out of the speakers like a wave of love and happiness. The only problem people might have with this sea change is if they don't like ELO. If that's the case, it's true that you'll probably dislike Travellers at first, but if you stick with it, you'll see that beneath all the glitter and goop, there are some really great songs. For example, you'd be hard-pressed to find a sweeter love song than "No One in the World," a catchier pop song than "Told You Once," or a better arranged song than "It's All Right." There are songs to dance to ("Dance Floor," "Nobody But You"), songs perfect for headphone reveries ("Floating in Space"), and even a rocked-out track ("Dignified Dignitary") that sounds like an outtake from New Magnetic Wonder. Basically, the album plays out like hit song after hit song. Love or hate the new direction, the Apples have made a long, long career out of constantly changing and reliably creating songs and albums that overflow with hooks and happiness. This may be their hookiest, happiest album yet. You don't have to be an ELO fanatic to agree with that.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2010
Label:
Yep Roc Records
UPC:
0634457221222
catalogNumber:
2212
Rank:
105071

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Apples in Stereo   Primary Artist
Eric Allen   Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Group Member
John Ferguson   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,Vocoder,Group Member
Dave Ferris   Tabla
Craig Morris   Acoustic Guitar,Drums
Robert Schneider   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Vocoder,Group Member
Otto Helmuth   Background Vocals
Merisa Bissinger   Flute,Piccolo
Rob Christiansen   Trombone
Bill Doss   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Melodica,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,cowbell,Group Member
Heather McIntosh   Cello
John Dufilho   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,electronic percussion,Group Member
Dan Sjogren   Baritone Saxophone
Dave Schneider   Acoustic Guitar
Roger Gerguson   Background Vocals
Rick Benjamin   Trombone
Christin Helmuth   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Eric Allen   Engineer
John Ferguson   Engineer
Bryce Goggin   Producer,Engineer,Electronic Effects
Craig Morris   Producer
Roger Ferguson   Engineer
Robert Schneider   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Dan Efram   Executive Producer,Management
Bill Doss   Engineer
John Dufilho   Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer
Carolyn Suzuki   Layout
Adam Sachs   Engineer
Kevin Brown   Engineer
Rebecca Turbow   Illustrations
Paul Stec   Layout

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