Record Review: Apples in Stereo – New Magnetic Wonder (Yep Roc)

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It is only appropriate that the brand new Apples in Stereo record “New Magnetic Wonder” is dedicated to Syd Barrett. The Apples continue to pump out eclectic pop masterpieces that bring to mind the aforementioned Mr. Barrett or the “Pet Sounds” era Brian Wilson.

Mixing in incredible pop gems like “Can You Feel It”, “Energy” and “Sundial Song” with freaky sound collages, mellotron rumblings and weird vocoder effects, New Magnetic Wonder is definitely a headphone album.

The other cool thing about this record (and I use that term deliberately) is how the full effect must be experienced by listening to it from beginning to end, something that is sadly lacking in today’s cut and paste style CDs that often seem like a motley collection of singles and filler. The effect is wonderful and the combination of all 24 tracks lends something of a consistent whole to the experience.

It is nice to say in this day and age that a record features meticulous pop craftsmanship, something that Apples in Stereo have always been known for. Sure there are some weird parts but man, what a cool sonic adventure! If you are looking for something a bit different but that will richly reward an open mind and set of ears then pick up a copy of “New Magnetic Wonder,” slip on the headphones and sink into their sonic playground. The view is incredible.

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