The Apples in Stereo
Travellers in Space and Time - Yep Roc
FILTER Grade: 87%
By Jonathan Falcone on November 11, 2010
The Apples in Stereo keep pummeling their psychedelic path—their albums flinging you through multiple emotional stages—the predominant state being that of frustration. There is such a multitude of ideas running through frontman Robert Schneider’s head that his brand of apocalyptic music bleeds into other bands (Marbles) and never fails to sit on just one record. Of course, frustration always turns into complete amazement in Schneider’s ability to produce at least three universe-changing tracks per album. From “Tidal Wave” on debut album Fun Trick Noisemaker to New Magnetic Wonder’s “Same Old Drag,” Schneider’s grasp of melody and beauty can leave you breathless.
If The Apples in Stereo released their Greatest Hits, it would be the best selling album of their career—and damn this is close. It’s easily the most focused album of Schneider’s career. Building on New Magnetic Wonder’s psychedelic computer choruses, Travellers starts with a one-two-three punch of the heartbreaking electro candy “Dream of the Future” into a Chromeo-inspired “Hey Elevator” capped with the “We are the World”-inspired (tongue-in-cheek) lost love of “Dance Floor.” Most amazingly, Schneider reigns in his psychedelic babble (mostly) and seems to have turned into a bona fide pop star. The most euphoric musical surprise I’ve experienced—without drugs.