Apollo Sunshine – Apollo SunshineMusic Reviews Apollo Sunshine
Boston band comes into its own on impressive sophomore release
Apollo Sunshine’s latest takes the wild, psychedelic instrumentation of the Elephant Six Collective, reigns it in, adds a hint of roots-rock accessibility to the Brit-pop bliss and cranks the amps to eleven for a complex record that’s still 100-percent rock ’n’ roll. The lyrics don’t offer much to dig into, but Jesse Gallagher’s vocals and his bandmates’ Beach Boys-tight harmonies are so ingratiating you won’t mind. And the music—from the emotion-dripping, David Gilmour-meets-Jonny Greenwood guitar solos, wall-of-sound organ and tiny keyboard bleeps to the tasteful bells, tambourine and handclaps—is beautifully recorded, perfectly mixed and filled with nuance. All this makes for a complete album that runs the gamut of moods and sounds; a sonic vehicle that’s allowed the band’s creative identity to solidify.