Release Date: Nov 10, 2009
Record label: ATP
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
These New England mad scientists have spent much of their time creating tribal, creepy soundscapes that defy description, at times bringing to mind contemporary post-rock meandering, early industrial, late psychedelia, or soundtrack music. The music is injected with a palpable tension. Call it sexual, existential, spiritual—no matter, there is a real unease and darkness that permeates their work.
Back when philosophy was bigger than rock’n’roll, Plato made the metaphysical claim that there exists another world, outside of the one which we ordinarily see, hear and put inside our mouths. The world around you now is just an illusion, and so are all the things you are looking at, listening to and putting inside your mouth. They are merely reflections of the other world, the true world, the world of ‘Forms’.
Apse's 2006 debut, Spirit, recorded for the Spanish imprint Acuarela Discos and later reissued by ATP, found the Connecticut-based band making woozy space rock with a solid sense of ambience. It was classic post-rock, updated with a slight twist. In part because of the nod from ATP (who know a thing or two about forward-thinking musicians), the group looked at the time like possible successors to genre vets like Tortoise and Mogwai.