Release Date: Apr 1, 2008
Record label: Yep Roc
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Electronic Projects for Musicians is the second collection of stray tracks by the Apples in Stereo. The first, Science Faire, appeared in 1996 and covered the early days of the band before the release of Fun Trick Noisemaker. This disc rounds up songs included as bonus tracks on Japanese editions of their albums, split-single tracks, B-sides, and some previously unavailable tracks.
After seven albums and 15 years, Denver ’s Apples in Stereo are bound to have a few extra songs lying around. On Electronic Projects For Musicians, the sugary power pop five-piece take those throwaways and b-sides and release them for the first time on one disc. For the most part, this collection is a great addition to the band’s oeuvre. Shine (In Your Mind), a b-side from Fun Trick Noisemaker, and Onto Something, originally from a 1996 split-single, are classic Apples tracks, while the previously unreleased Dreams shows why the group has staying power.
Electronic Projects For Musicians is unwieldy as an object of criticism. As a compilation of unreleased tracks and b-sides, the album was never meant to be, and thus is a largely chronological series of songs press-ganged together in service of various economic and artistic purposes. As an ex post facto document though, one can perhaps extract some kind of overall meaning.