Applesauce Tears: Scores (Black Cottage, 2022)

February 16, 2022 at 6:50 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Applesauce Tears: Scores

The mysterious, strangely named Applesauce Tears have essentially functioned as Black Moth Super Rainbow’s southern cousins for the past decade or so, frequently releasing trippy electronic post-rock records which sound vividly psychedelic but also immensely comforting. This album finds the group at their most cinematic, like the title suggests, with strings, flutes, horns, and occasional choral vocals and incidental speech joining the usual assortment of cheap keyboards (one even has a stuck F# key) and found sounds. The group seemingly pull from psychedelic Beatles arrangements as well as lush spaghetti western soundtracks, with touches of trip-hop (“Personal Winter”, “Brass Model”) and dream pop (“Rainy Day Face”). “More Secret Joys and Sorrows” melds all of it together, with a ticking downtempo beat, truly swooning strings, and spirited claps stirring up some heady emotions. After the melodramatic interlude “City Seen”, the album wraps up with “On the Possibility of Being Useful”, a hazy mini-suite with serenading strings, almost “Purple Rain” vibes, and steady, country-ish drumming which cuts out when the music gets too dramatic to be contained by rhythm.

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