100 Greatest Albums of the 90’s: #45

The Apples In Stereo – Fun Trick Noisemaker

It’s often sketchy, but what an obscenely detailed sketch it is; it’s a work of art made with a million crayons. It takes a few listens to realise how many parts there are in ‘Fun Trick Noisemaker’. Like an indie-rock ‘Pet Sounds’, the level of detail is mind-blowing and often has up to ten guitars playing at one time. Even though this is the case, it’s quite difficult to notice this, since they become imbedded in the wall of sound. Even so, the nuts and bolts of the mix exhume themselves the more you listen to it. The songs are often wonderful, rarely trip up but always have a strange honesty about them, even if you don’t know what they’re saying. Most of the time it’s playful and warm, chaotic and structured at the same time. The members met over a mutual love of lo-fi alt. rockers Pavement and the lush pop epics of The Beach Boys, and it sounds like it, since that’s exactly what this record evokes. The multi-layered vocals sound very DIY and Robert Schneider isn’t the most striking of singers, but in a way that’s part of this record’s charm. It sounds less like an album and more like an extended ambitious project by people who aren’t quite sure what they’re doing, but they like it. I like it too.

Listen to: Winter Must Be Cold

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