The Apples in Stereo
Her Wallpaper Reverie


4.0
excellent

Review

by Well_Respected_Man USER (13 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 8 replies | 3,015 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


Apples in Stereo - Her Wallpaper Reverie

This is an EP Iíve been digging lately, Itís one of those records Iíll be obsessed with for about a month and than I'll listen to it a year later and go oh, I remember this album, and think of the good ole times.

The songs on Her Wallpaper Reverie are similar to other Apples in Stereo releases and the whole Elephant 6 label sound in general. So, those catchy Lo-Fi, psychedelic songs and weird noise songs are here as expected. With the nostalgic feel of this EP you may find yourself thinking this album is older that it is really it. Surprisingly it was only just released in 1999

One may find having 16 tracks on an EP a bit too much but really only nine of these songs make it over the two minutes. This leaves lots of time for little side tracks of various noise and mini songs. My track by track review will be of the actual songs that go over two minutes because I really donít like having to rate the little side tracks. I had quite the difficult time with Olivia Tremor Controlís Black Foliage: Animation Music, when I reviewed it.

The Shiney Sea: This song has a very mellow feel and a very relaxing swirly melody. Itís an appropriate love song that I usually enjoy more while lying down just before going to bed. A great song to daydream away to.
Rating 4.5/5

Strawberryfire: Wow, I love this song, the drums in the beginning are so funky and the groove is fantastic. This song is worthy of matching the psychedelic standard on The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. The vocals here are the best on the EP.
Rating 5/5

Ruby: Pretty standard 60ís song although I can think of a song to compare it right now. Still quite an enjoyable listen, especially the back up vocals. The song you are most likely to get up and dance to.
Rating 5/5

Questions and Answers: Starts on chord similar to Hard Dayís night and goes quickly to an adorable female singer. Her vocals are so god **** cute I canít take it, I swell up like when I say a new baby. This song is a winner, I canít think of anything bad to say about it, just a wonderful tune.
Rating 5/5

Y2K: Cool organ line and strange intro; a very cool song. The only real problem I have with this song is the lyrics; the swearing is unnecessary and awkward. The fuzz bass here is a highlight.
Rating 4/5

Benefits of Lying: Another laid back song with laid back vocals. The swirly wah vocals add a nice touch. Nothing here is repeated from past songs and things are still fresh, a nice addition to the album
Rating 4/5

Behind the Waterfall: The most rocking song on the EP, I love Lo-Fi freak outs like these and how they can seem like theyíre the heaviest thing ever but in comparison to any other type of rock itís wimpy. A great release to a mellow album, but the softer parts in between brings it down sometimes.
Rating 4/5

Everybody Let Up: Back to the normal Lo-Fi Pop song, this time with jingle bells. Nothing to complain about here, itís a good song
Rating 4/5

Her Pretty Face: The lightest song on the record with bells and on very light drums. Actually this sounds similar to alot ofFun Trick Noise Maker, Another Apples in Stereo album. This song sums up the mood of an album.
Rating 4.5

5/5 With just the songs reviewed (no extra tracks)

4/5 All tracks (includes extras)

Although some of the Side songs are good and flow nicely, others are just annoying and I think it would be just better without them. Iím usually not in the mood to listen to them anyway Either way this is fun little Indie EP that I would recommend to fans of old 60ís pop or anyone else just in to indie or Lo-Fi.



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Bartender
Emeritus
September 13th 2004



826 Comments


Good review. I'm starting to realise I like this kind of thing; is it easily available?

Robert Crumb
Emeritus
September 14th 2004



165 Comments


Nice, another E6 standard. Looking forward to your review of Fun Trick Noisemaker.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 14th 2004



826 Comments


E6?

Well_Respected_Man
September 14th 2004



75 Comments


[QUOTE=Bartender]E6?[/QUOTE]
It's the label Elephant Six, this group is on it along with Olivia Tremor Control. As for availablity, most of these songs will show up on kazaa in about five minutes or less. I'm not sure about soulseek though. My next review will probbaly be Circulatory System, ironicly on E6.

Edit: Damn I had a lot of typos in this review, I think I got them all

Bartender
Emeritus
September 14th 2004



826 Comments


I meant availability to buy

Well_Respected_Man
September 14th 2004



75 Comments


[QUOTE=Bartender]I meant availability to buy [/QUOTE]

I wasn't expecting that ;). I just have one small suggestion, try Olivia Tremor Control first, it's much more complex and arsty than Apples in Stereo who have a very poppy sound. I'm obssesed with OTC :p

Amazon has great prices
Apples in Stereo
Olivia Tremor Control

Too be honest, you probbaly won't be able to find this at your local chain store, unless you have a local indie shop I would doubt finding it, at least here in the states

Bartender
Emeritus
September 15th 2004



826 Comments


Well I'll have a look around over here anyway (England). OTC were pretty much above these guys in my mind anyway; asking just in case.

aresx
April 22nd 2010



293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is an awesome album :D
Strawberryfire and Questions And Answers are AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWESOME



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