Introducing, all the way from Italy, Stolen Apple, with their current album, ‘Trenches’.
Red Line – Kick drum intro, with some gentle riffs and a steady pace. An old-fashioned early rock groove to this, with similar lyrics. It’s one that belongs on Heartbeat, as a soundtrack to the characters driving around the moors on a sunny day.
Green Dawn – Slightly more ambient, eclectic sense to this. A tad proggy in places, it reminds you of an old-fashioned dance hall. A bit of twiddly stuff going on here and there and there’s a Glastonbury aspect to it, somehow. Trancy and a bit bluesy, with more of an alt streak than anything else.
Fields Of Stone – More of an overt atmosphere in here. Quite visual and chilled out, it’s another ambient tone, with a house party feel. It’s just so relaxed, there’s not much more to say, except it flows.
Pavement – This puts me in mind of the intro to Sheryl Crowe’s ‘If It Makes You Happy’. So laid-back, yet with such incongruent lyrics! A bit like being sworn and cursed at by a hopelessly mellowed out pothead. Confusing. I’m still not getting where the big white horse comes in. Strange and getting stranger. A pleasant enough way to pass the time, if you’re in need of something to zone out to. Just don’t expect it to make much sense beyond that.
Falling Grace – Ah! Now we have something a bit stronger, to get your teeth into. It soon reverts back, though, to the weirdly sleepy tone. And that’s it.
Living On Saturday – It’s that bizarre combo of sounds again, that transports you to a 50s themed house party. Too short to be able to add much more.
Mistery Town – I assume this is meant to mean ‘mystery’ town, rather than a town full of Misters. Anyway, this one actually has something more about it to offer. It’s got a clearly more memorable bluesy tone and more soul to it altogether. Just more of everything, really. Definitely more enjoyable and the imagery’s more pronounced. One of those with an annoyingly catchy chorus, whose repetition doesn’t matter a toss.
Something In My Days – Ooh, quickening the pace and bringing in a catchier rhythm. Simple, but touching lyrics. Over too soon.
More Skin – Odd title! Hmm…, a slight Pulp-esque feel here. Pleasant enough melody. Join in and feel the essence of Woodstock.
Daydream – Ah! Now I do like that harmonica intro! Very Dylan-esque and it works. Cool flow to this and it’s quite charming, in its own way. Especially the harmonica. Sunny days in sunny fields, with sunny company. And harmonicas.
Sold Out – Now I might have known that ubiquitous phrase had to enter the equation somewhere. Faster pace again, yet it still feels a bit like a 50s/60s themed Fest, in a field, in summer. It’s essentially music to chill out to.
In The Twilight – A more mellow, laid-back vibe here, with a slower pace. Still, it holds that sunny atmosphere, though throughout this album, I just can’t escape the feeling of lazing about all day in a field, whilst being serenaded by hippies, trapped in the wrong era. Not necessarily a bad thing.
Overall – Time travel back to Woodstock and I’m sure you’ll find ‘Trenches’ there somewhere. A few pleasant little nuggets of non-specific soft rock here, to zone out to, but mostly, the songs are too short to be able to get into them enough for them to create much of a lasting impression. Quite samey and repetitive, in many places, but not unenjoyable, for that. Innocuous enough, but not offering much more than that.
For fans of psychedelia, trance, prog, alt, blues, folk, acoustic and soft rock.
In collaboration with Rock Bottom Records