THE APPARITIONS
As This is Futuristic

[Machine Records, www.machinerecords.com]

Any comparison to The Pixies in press junket is sure to get my attention. Then again, who hasn't been compared to the seminal 80's band from Boston? With a line up of three guitarists, bassist and a drummer, you know The Apparitions will rock and rock loud. Started a mere three years ago, "As This is Futuristic" is only the third release from Lexington's darlings. Guitarist/keyboard player Mark Heidinger shares vocal duties with bassist Robbie Roberts. Though their vocal prowess is fine, it's the lovely choruses that grabbed my attention right away [check out "She Burned out Their Eyes" for a sampling of some lovely harmony work]. Quintet pack a punch on most of the tracks, but then out of nowhere comes a strange little rock ballad called "You Chirp Just Like Little Sparrows", where one of the vocalists [I'm not sure which one - let's just say, the less whiny one] is accompanied at the beginning by tuneful electric guitar. Further, on "Arrhythmia" acoustic and electric elements are blended within a space of a few minutes, which seems to be the case with many of these tracks. I was haunted by that Pixies comparison all the way through the CD and for some reason, it just doesn't work. Many of the tracks lack that certain kind of punch that Pixies had during their "Surfer Rosa" hay day [but then again The Apparitions didn't employ Steve Albini, so the comparison falls flat!]. Don't let the Gary Newman inspired, cold/futuristic cover deter you from picking this release up. Nothing wrong with a little power-rock-pop jingle-jangle in your day, is there.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Nash Kontroll - Your Left Hand Just Expoded
+ Jacques Berrocal - Catalogue
+ Jason Kahn - Sihl
+ Rick Reed - Dark Skies at Noon
+ Mountains - Sewn
+ Robert Piotrowicz - Rurokura and the Final Warn
+ Insiememusicadiversa - Insiememusicadiversa
+ Makoto Kawabata - Inui. 3
+ Shalabi Effect - Unfortunately
+ Allen/Drake/Jordan/Parker/Silva - The All-Star Game
+ Parker/Budbill/Drake - Songs for a Suffering World
+ Yura Yura Teikoku - na.ma.shi.bi.re. na.ma.me.ma.i
+ AGF.3 + Sue.C - Mini Movies
+ Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra Of Bubbles
+ Do You Copy?
+ Datapunk Rockstars - Klartext / Anthony Rother - Compression
+ Terence Fixmer - Silence Control
+ Fovea Hex - Bloom
+ Gigolo Compilation Vol. 9
+ Markus Guentner - Lovely Society
+ Oliver Huntemann - Fieber
+ Modern Institute - Exellent Swimmer
+ Far Away From Jamaica
+ Kaito - Hundred Million Lights Years
+ Druga Strona Lustra - Język żywiołów
+ Daniel Meteo - Peruments
+ Mirror - Still Valley
+ Organum - Die Hennen Zaehne
+ Quintron & Miss Pussycat - Swamp Tech
+ Miller + Fiam - Modern Romance
+ Peter Grummich - Rave D'Amour / Jerry Abstract - Mudtsmut
+ Bodzin & Huntemann - Black / X-Lover - Lovesucker / Trike - Polytron / Hell Presents My Definition Of House Music: 33 1/3 Queen/Earth People
+ Asmus Tietchens - Seuchengebiete
+ Andy Vaz - Repetitive Moments Last Forever
+ Światogor - Tym Co Rodzimej Tradycji Wciąż Wierni
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+ PROSWELL & WWCARPEN - Proswell & Wwcarpen / ANDREY KIRITCHENKO - True Delusion / ATOM AND PINK ELLN - Live - Volumes 2 & 3 / BAUCHKLANG - Barking News / Rhythm of Time / TOMAS KORBER / KEITH ROWE / GUNTER MULLER - Fibre
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+ DARSOMBRA - Ecdysis
+ THE ETERNALS - High Anxiety - Remix EP
+ DISKAHOLICS - Live in Japan, Vol. 1 / IMPRACTICAL COCKPIT - To Be Treated
+ DAT Politics - Wow Twist
+ V.A. - Suburb the Record Label - Limited Edition Sampler, Vol. 1 / ROBERT RICH & IAN BODDY - Lithosphere / RICHARD GARET / DALE LLOYD / JOS SMOLDERS / UBEBOET - Territorium
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+ MARBLE SHEEP - The Gate of a Heavenly Body / WATUSI ZOMBIE - Buddha Mask Experience / AURAL FIT - Livestock
+ DAVE REMPIS / TIM DAISY - Back to the Circle
+ PSYCHIC ILLS - Dins
+ SONNY SIMMONS - The Complete ESP Disk Recordings / The Traveller
+ MOLE HARNESS - A Present From The Future
+ JACQUES DEMIERRE / BARRY GUY / LUCAS NIGGLI - Brainforest
+ ODYSSEY THE BAND - Back in Time
+ SUN RA ARKESTRA - The Great Lost Sun Ra Albums: Cymbals / Crystal Spears ; Pathways to Unknown Worlds / Friendly Love ; When Angels Speak of Love / SUN RA - Spaceship Lullaby
+ MIMINOKOTO - Orange Garage
+ V.A. - Earsugar Jukebox Series
+ MAXIMO PARK - Missing Songs
+ FREDERIC LE JUNTER - Chansons Impopulaires
+ THE HERBALISER - Fabriclive 26 / CARL CRAIG - Fabric2

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