• appleseed cast Lost Songs (CD, £14.75)

    label: deep elm

    Fresh on the heels of their critically acclaimed double full-length Low Level Owl, THE APPLESEED CAST are back with nine tracks that carefully unite old-school and new-school songwriting styles. LOST SONGS combines the bitter emotional release of the band's earliest recordings and the meticulous soundscapes crafted through endless hours of studio time on more recent recordings. Dynamic song structures, hurricane-force rhythms and ultra-vivid lyrics paint bold portraits of disillusion and heartache, while at other points LOST SONGS overflows with swells of symphonics, feedback and electronics. Two approaches are precisely coalesced into one, creating LOST SONGS' innovative appeal. Ground breaking, yet hardly surprising for a band of this calibre. The Appleseed Cast has done it again. Recording Note: Of the total nine "lost songs," four songs include basic tracks that were completed in 1999. In 2002, additional guitars, keyboards and effects were added to those four songs, five new songs were recorded and all mixing and vocal recording was completed.

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