blacker

by apash twenty twelve

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about

Ah it's nice to hear music being made with an acoustic guitar that you can't describe as "folk something" or "something hyphen folk". Apash 2012 is a one-man band from Italy and 'Blacker' is his second release, and despite being equipped with an acoustic there's no earnest balladeering, nope instead we get actual songs, and very good ones at that. There are haunting stripped back tracks like 'It's Your Turn' and 'Alcatraz' which fit in more closely with the dreampop scene than any old fashioned cliched rubbish. When the songs are stripped back to simple guitar, voice and mild production they gel to make some really wonderful sounds.

On 'Routine' the same approach is used but this time the six strings are of the electric variety. You could use songs like this as the basis for far more ordained indie-rock tracks, but this is a rare case where they're best left just as they are; simple, effective and performed with genuine care. It's not easy to try your hand at music in this manner without becoming middle of the road, but Apash 2012 has no such problems; the same could be said for 'Jealousy' which in an unusual way recalls Syd Barrett. This is a man who understands music, so a curious and unorthodox approach is adhered to throughout, and it's entirely natural with it.

When he brings in a full band the results are equally beautiful. 'Happiness' is a superb and uplifting piece of lo-fi indie and will be an instant standout for anyone hearing the album for the first time. He even delves successfully into electro-pop (of the retro variety) on 'All In' which will draw Postal Service comparisons. He even throws in a couple of plays on words with song titles (the dark 'Rosemary Fields Whatever' or the lethargic, Nick Drake by-way-of Nirvana unplugged 'Eye Of The Tired') The fabled apocalypse is even given a look in on the excellent 'Shiva'. 'Blacker' was our introduction to Apash 2012 and it was a very pleasant surprise.

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released 06 April 2012

all money raised go to the Marco Simoncelli Foundation

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Track Name: holy
holy holy holy cow
nothing is in the universe
the sky and the earth are the only things we got
holy holy holy mother of fuck
you are welcome little aliens
to the planet of the apes
holy holy holy crap
Track Name: it's your turn
lyrics:

now i'm grey
and i'm starting to grow old
and i'll sing quiet for a while
paid attention to your needs
and things behind the sun that never shines
and i walk a thousand miles
til my shoes been torn apart
torn apart
i've been waiting in my room
in this room
for someone to come up
i've been drowning in my thoughts
i've been drowning in the drinks i did too much
now it's your turn
i've been drumming with my fingers
on the table in the kitchen
and it did sound so good
but when i walk out that door there's the world
baby you know that
people sometimes hurt
imagination pulls hard to my chest
and all the rest

now it's your turn

oh yes
Track Name: routine
sometimes we go sometimes we stay
and what we get is what we say
we got a house but not a home
we hipnotize, we've been ignored
and i look into your eyes
and you look into mine
you look into my eyes
i look into yours
from golden sun to rainy days
when everything just fade to grey
if routine sucks my job is even worse
but now it's 5, it's time to go
Track Name: alcatraz
oh these walls are fake
i will get away
all water and bread
i'm a run away
i will head away
get away
run away
i'm on my way out of alcatraz

i'm a fool with no face
i'm a hide away
these lights of blue
i will follow you
i will get away
i will run away
head away
i will head way out of alcatraz
Track Name: happiness
happiness
you give me happiness and sadness
we give each other things like treasures
i wanna touch your soul and soft parts
we'll be together in our happiness
i give you hopelessness and sorrow
but i cant wait until tomorrow
i wanna touch your soul and soft parts
we'll be together in our happiness
and all i wanna do is happiness
and all i wanna do is you.
happiness
sadness
happiness
you are my happiness and sadness
we give each other things like treasures
i wanna touch your soul and soft parts
we'll be together in our happiness
i give you hopelessness and sorrow
but i cant wait until tomorrow
i wanna touch your soul and soft parts
we'll be together in our happiness
and all i wanna do is happiness