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Catch the Buzz: APSE

Frontman Robert Toher and the rest of this Cape Cod collective find a second life for their ghostly Spirit, reissued this week via ATP Recordings.

By: Kenny Herzog // July 11, 2008

Who? It’s taken nearly a decade, a few DIY EPs and a sojourn through Spanish label Acuarela Discos, but genre-redefiners APSE have finally found a stable stateside home and belated buzz for their ambient-cum-tribal voodoo vibeology. ATP Recordings — home to fellow experimenters Bardo Pond and Deerhoof, among others — reissued the band’s 2006 effort, Spirit, this week, coinciding with the group’s impending appearance at All Tomorrow’s Parties New York.

The outfit’s lineup, led from day one by frontman Robert Toher, has consistently been tweaked over the last several years. But all the adjustments have purposefully coincided with their ever-evolving mix of gloomy atmospheric passageways that serve as the connective tissue between frenetically ominous percussive ruptures. Spirit is the deathnail for the labored beast that is “post-rock,” revealing the much more alluring potential that always lurked around its sinister corners.

Their latest: This week’s re-release of Spirit, originally issued nearly two years ago via Spanish label Acuarela Discos. While the band is working on new material, listeners can expect it to move in yet further new directions, given the gap in time since Spirit‘s initial recording.

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