Sound and Fury 2/15/2007

Sound and Fury 2/15/2007

by Indy Staff

The Apples in Stereo New Magnetic Wonder Yep Rock Records; February 2007

Of all the bands to record on the legendary underground Elephant 6 label, the Apples in Stereo seem most likely to break into mainstream success. Whether their latest, New Magnetic Wonder, helps them accomplish this remains to be seen, but poppy perfection tracks like “Play Tough” and “Same Old Drag” certainly help. The latter layers Electric Light Orchestra-style pianos and vocals atop the Apples’ characteristic cheer, rendering a highly catchy tune that will not soon leave your head. In a seeming effort to resist being labeled “that happy indie band,” the Apples have also included some more complex, melodic tracks like “Non-Pythagorean Composition, Pt. 1,” which provides a melodic interstitial amid all the twee. — Drew Mackie

Of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? Polyvinyl Records; January 2007

Combining cartoonish whimsy, electro-laden disco beats, and a healthy heaping of personal anguish, Of Montreal resurfaces with its latest – and arguably finest – album to date. Like its predecessors, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? prides itself on incorporating as many disparate noises, melodies, and obscure arrangements as possible to create a sound invariably all its own. The major shift here comes lyrically as creative tour de force Kevin Barnes delves a little deeper and creates a record that is strikingly autobiographical. — Aly Comingore

Bloc Party Weekend in the City Wichita; February 2007

Bloc Party’s sophomore release takes the band far above and beyond its post-punk contemporaries. Like 2005’s Silent Alarm, Weekend is brimming with complexities; arrangements shift from pensive to aggressive throughout the record, showcasing the band’s instrumental ambitiousness, as well as its appreciation for crystal-clear production values. Still, it is Kele Okereke’s lyrics that make Weekend work on a conceptual level. Littered with images of fleeting sexual encounters, violence, and mortality, the album is undoubtedly darker than anything Bloc Party has attempted in the past. That Weekend works as both a dance record and a bleak soundtrack to city living is simply a testament to the band’s creative abilities. — AC

AG Get Dirty Radio Look Records; October 2006

Bronx-born AG, or Andre the Giant, decided to throw a new twist on some old tricks for his latest release off Look Records. He headed out west to California to work with a variety of deejays and producers and ended up with an innovative album that actually seems too cool for radio. To break it down, he’s got one part smart rhymes, two parts classic technique, and a lot of ingenious sampling. With such a creative task force, each song is unique, yet the album holds together as a unit and all together makes a disc that’s surprisingly fantastic. — Nicole de Ayora

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