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Discovery of a World Inside the Moone (Reis)
Apples in Stereo
Discovery of a World Inside the Moone (Reis)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Apples in Stereo's leader, Robert Schneider, never seems to run out of ways to describe the world as a psychedelic place. As the producer for Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel (all members of the elusive neotrip...  more »


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All Artists: Apples in Stereo
Title: Discovery of a World Inside the Moone (Reis)
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: One Little Indian Us
Original Release Date: 1/1/2000
Re-Release Date: 2/26/2008
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Power Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 827954500727

Apples in Stereo's leader, Robert Schneider, never seems to run out of ways to describe the world as a psychedelic place. As the producer for Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel (all members of the elusive neotrippy Elephant 6 collective) and the singer-songwriter for Apples in Stereo, Schneider inhabits a world where the lysergic insights of Syd Barrett, Brian Wilson, and Roky Erickson never die. A childlike enthusiasm infuses tunes such as "The Rainbow" and "Look Away," in which a healthy dollop of Beatlesesque hooks, bright guitars, circus horns, and pop harmonies circa 1966-67 are a sharp contrast from the modern world of endless trip-hop drum loops and synthetic soul. Occasionally another decade slips through. "What Happened Then" has shades of T. Rex glam rock underneath its dreamy surface. But mostly it's as if someone locked this quintet in a room back in the late '60s and forever deprived them of all cultural stimuli. A worthwhile trip in the time tunnel. --Rob O'Connor

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Not the most intelligent lyrics, but great songwriting!
Ryan | New York, USA | 02/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Let's take a trip back to the days when The Beatles just started using marijuana, making their music a little more psychadelic. Sort of a mix between Beach Boys, The Beatles and everything inbetween, 'The Discovery of a World' is a psychadelic masterpiece (or something close to one) that you won't put down for a while. From the little jam in 'Go' to the 'yeah yeah's of 'The Rainbow', The Apples In Stereo do a fine job of recreating the 60's/70's feel of music. Yes, it was created in 2000.

They all play such a variety of instruments! I hear a bongo, a flute, and a brass section in 'Go' alone! One of my favorites is 'The Rainbow' with a great catchy chorus that is reminiscent of sugar-pop, as I like to call it. 'Stream Running Over' is good too, with hand claps and acoustic guitar that will help you 'clear your mind' during a bad day at work! '20 Cases Suggestive Of...' is a bit heavier, a bit more distorted, and a bit less innocent than the previous 3 songs. It didn't lose a bit of greatness, though. If you're looking for music reminiscent of Beatles, look no further than 'Look Away'! It's catchy, with pianos and guitars and Ringo-esque drums and it's oh so sweet! Another goodie is 'I Can't Believe', another rocker piece on this great record. And guess what 'Submarine Dream' sounds like? Yep, you guessed it: The Beach Boys. (Sarcasm.)

Overall, it's a great, full album that you won't be putting down. Apples In Stereo aren't the most popular band, but the least popular bands are usually the best. If you like it, check out bands like the Beach Boys and the Beatles. If you haven't heard of those bands, well, that's your mistake for drowning in the crap you people call 'the music of today'.

Take it easy....
E. A Solinas | MD USA | 11/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Apples in Stereo -- the most accessable of the Elephant 6 bands -- have always been into retro pop. Colourful, psychedelic, sunny music, which leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling.

In "The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone," Rob Schneider and his Apples are in their absolute best form, harkening back when music was floating on marijuana and dreams of a sunsoaked future. From parade-pop to fast-running guitars, there literally isn't a song on here that isn't a feast for the ears.

It opens with a fuzzy riff, and a blast of horns in a cheery little tune. "When you're going to the place /where you work you have no face/then you wanna go (go baby)," Schneider sings happily. After some brief interludes into musical chaos, he continus to sing about the places where you wanna "go, baby," sounding happy to oblige.

From there, the Apples venture off into a catchy little guitarpop tune. "Oh when my battery/it just runs out on me/I like to take a walk about/and so it came to pass/I saw you on the grass..." It expands into colourful imagery ("just like a rainbow!"), Beatlesesque harmonies, and some really wonky guitar distortion.

Having snared listeners, the Apples continue with their psychpop. They expand their sound into languid summer tunes, rapid-moving indie-rock, swirling balladry, shimmering psychpop, and electro-edged guitar melodies that race right into the finale, "Afternoon," a folky little melody that finishes things up on a meditative note.

If you didn't know who the Apples in Stereo were, you might think that they were a pop band from the 1960s. Okay, retro-sixties pop is not unique musically, but the Apples have something special -- the wonder-filled, swirling sound inherited from the Zombies, and pop sensibilities inherited from the Beatles.

The music is a dense mass of instrumentation -- nimble riffs, piano and light percussion are soaked in warm mellotron, wavering synthesizer, organ and strings. The melodies are dancey and lighthearted, but just in case not everyone is bouncing in their seat, the Apples insert some soaring trombone, bongos and handclaps. It's like being in an acid-soaked parade.

Schneider and Hilarie Sidney sound a lot like the Beatles in their more whimsical moments here, especially with those pitch-perfect harmonies . Okay, the lyrics are on the lightweight side ("There's a stream running over/on distant shores/everybody's swimming/in the water..."), but the lighthearted, carefree sound matches the music perfectly.

The Apples in Stereo produced the ultimate retro-sixties album in "The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone," with its enchanting music and sunny outlook. Definitely worth getting."