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Posted by: on July 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm


Apse, Spirit (ATP Recordings, 2008)

MP3: “From the North”

Originally released in 2006 via the Acuarela Discos imprint out of Madrid, Spirit will probably find a much larger audience with this reissue from ATP. Apse will also play the New York version of the ATP Festival this September, and will issue new material via the label later this year. So in other words, everything’s coming up Apse. (When can we start wishing for an Apse/Apes tour?) On Spirit, the Massachusetts-based group goes largely experimental, examining the quiet as well as the volatile in long stretches (“Legions” sounds like Sigur Ros with a fantasy heavy metal influence), dreamy interludes (the faraway pianos and disembodied vocals of “Wind Through the Walls”), and snaking trails of tribal percussion (the fantastic “From the North”). Things get even longer later, when tracks like “Blackwood Gates,” “Ark,” and “Spirit” stretch out into seven, eight and eleven-minute lengths of strange fabric, dark poetry, and percussion orchestras who live in sewer drains. The record could definitely use some enlivening; even though it’s consistently interesting musically, there’s a sense of the sound meandering down Apse’s own strange rabbit hole, like they were going to explore this shit on their own, but you happened to be listening. But if you’re willing to follow them down there, they’ll reward you with strange sweet meats and backwards fruits and vegetables. — Johnny Loftus

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Posted by: on May 27, 2008 at 3:00 pm


>>> José González does it all: plays festivals (Bonnaroo, Sled Island, Ottawa Blues Festival, Austin City Limits), plays non-festivals (ya know, like the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, and, uh, the Teatro Estudio Cavaret in Guadalajara, Mexico), covers Massive Attack (the digitally released “Teardrop” single), and has a purdy sangin’ Read more

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