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Travellers in Space and Time

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The Code
Dream About the Future
Hey Elevator
Strange Solar System
Dance Floor
No One in the World
Dignified Dignitary
No Vacation
Told You Once
It's All Right
Next Year at About the Same Time
Floating in Space
Nobody But You
Wings Away
Time Pilot
Album Information

Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 51:40

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Dan Weiss


The Apples In Stereo, Travellers in Space and Time
2010 | Label: Yep Roc Records / Redeye

The Apples in Stereo are the band you didn't realize you were underrating. It's hard to find anyone who out-and-out dislikes them (Robert Schneider's cred was certified for life for producing Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea) but their lightweight charms and hook-laden, deceptively simple music doesn't stimulate much deep thought, either. This, however, shouldn't be counted against them.

Schneider's unfettered maximalism and precision earns (warranted!) comparisons to the Beatles and ELO,… read more »

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disco indie rock


Disco meets indie rock. Tons of fun, and really unique. Favorite tracks: No Vacation, Dance Floor, Floating in Space.

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Favorite of 2010


Does it sound like late ELO, yes. Does it sound good, yes. Is it fun to listen to, yes. Best tracks are Told You Once, Nobody But You, Hey Elevator and No One In The World. BTW, you can download some of these from Rock Band Network for Rock Band 2 on your XBOX. They are fun to play, too. Go Apples!

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Okay: I thought this was another band. Look these guys up: New Musik ... I have an LP from 1981 called 'Sanctuary'(LP title and single). I also found 'Straight Lines' and 'This World of Water.' After a long intro, 'Dead Fish Don't Swim Home' is their best tune :D

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Warning: The catchy rhymes get stuck in your head. When it's late at night and you're trying to fall asleep the quirky lines will repeat over and over in your head, driving you insane. Very clever piece of work although my favorite remains The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone.

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Still as fun as ever


There's a reason people keep using the word "fun" to describe these guys. You can't help but start tapping your feet, nodding your head, and singing along when it comes on. The band is consistently underrated and forgotten to the masses, which will no doubt remain the case with this album as well. Which is a shame, because in my opinion its their finest effort yet.

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Funky fun


Heard this recommended on NPR and was hesitant about the electronic sound. But on a goo dlisten the ELO/Boston/Roxette sound dragged me in. Definitely a new spin on an old sound. Breezy and funky, I like it!

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A Great Summer Album!


Love the exuberant sound on this album! The songs are catchy and immediately hummable. Reminds me a bit of ELO at times. (This is a good thing!) Endlessly enjoyable summer cuts! I love this album!

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May be their best yet


This is a band that really caught my attention with the "Moone" CD. I thought they had peaked. This recording is a cheeky wink at 70's pop with more than just a passing nod to ELO. Still, it's a fun ride.

They Say All Music Guide

In the three years since the release of New Magnetic Wonder, something strange happened to the Apples in Stereo’s Robert Schneider as he was writing songs and plotting for the group’s seventh album, Travellers in Space and Time. Maybe he accidentally caught Xanadu late at night on cable, maybe someone slipped an ELO song onto a mixtape, or maybe he caught a disco oldie while flipping across the radio dial, but no matter where it came from, suddenly the Apples’ main goal in life is re-creating the sound, feel, and magic of ELO and Olivia Newton-John’s “Xanadu.” Schneider and the group (which includes Elephant 6 mainstay Bill Doss and a bunch of guys who can do just about anything, including contribute some fine songs to the track list) layer vocoders, disco strings, wacky synths, and pulsing dancefloor beats into their trademark bubblegum indie and come up with an album that will surprise a lot of people. It’s still recognizably an AIS record, there’s no mistaking Schneider’s wispy vocals, and there are quite a few songs that chug merrily along like vintage Apples. The preponderance of hooks, too, is trademarked. Still, the new trappings make Travellers sound like the work of a band with a renewed energy, and the joy they put into making it comes out of the speakers like a wave of love and happiness. The only problem people might have with this sea change is if they don’t like ELO. If that’s the case, it’s true that you’ll probably dislike Travellers at first, but if you stick with it, you’ll see that beneath all the glitter and goop, there are some really great songs. For example, you’d be hard-pressed to find a sweeter love song than “No One in the World,” a catchier pop song than “Told You Once,” or a better arranged song than “It’s All Right.” There are songs to dance to (“Dance Floor,” “Nobody But You”), songs perfect for headphone reveries (“Floating in Space”), and even a rocked-out track (“Dignified Dignitary”) that sounds like an outtake from New Magnetic Wonder. Basically, the album plays out like hit song after hit song. Love or hate the new direction, the Apples have made a long, long career out of constantly changing and reliably creating songs and albums that overflow with hooks and happiness. This may be their hookiest, happiest album yet. You don’t have to be an ELO fanatic to agree with that. – Tim Sendra

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