Release Date: Aug 19, 2008
Record label: ATP
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Experimental
Hovering in the shadows comes Apse's Spirit, a mesmerizing album where the shrouded world of Gothic gloom meets the outer stratosphere of space rock. Although laced with vocals and haunted by moody melodies, the 11 tracks within are less songs than instrumentals interconnected by their melodies, rhythms, and thick atmospheres. It's an unusual set, and a subtle one, making it difficult to hang on a descriptive peg, but for starters imagine Dark Side of the Moon era Pink Floyd covering Joy Division (but nothing as accessible as "Love Can Tear Us Apart").
I must be a sucker for music that takes a firm grip around your neck and doesn’t let go. For years I’ve been singing the praises of Liars, another uncompromising band that literally dances to the beat of its own drummer. And now we have APSE, who seem to have taken some cues from Liars, and post-rock bands like Mogwai, to provide a soundtrack for Vikings sailing down From the North, to ravage the landscape and take no prisoners.