I always thought The Apples in Stereo were slightly ahead of the curve when it comes to doing the whole psychadelic-pop thing, but in recent years they seem to have been surpassed by indie faves like The Shins and Of Montreal in terms of popularity. Of course, that might also be a direct result of the fact that The Apples haven't released an album in almost 5 years. This February they will release New Magnetic Wonder, their 6th LP and first independent of spinART Records, which should be just what they need to put them back on the indie rock map.
The album will mark the first release for Simian Records, a new label launched by Elijah Wood. In terms of style, the album sounds pretty much like you'd expect it to, although there seems to be an extra dash of vocoder and other vintage sounds in the mix. I definitely think it's going to attract a lot of people who were into the last couple of Flaming Lips albums -- whether or not that was an intentional target audience remains to be seen. Either way, I am digging this album a lot. It's poppy and sugary sweet, but it just might be the best thing I've ever heard from them. New Magnetic Wonder hits stores on February 7, 2007.
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