Apse: Climb Up

Climb Up
(ATP Recordings)

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It’s no accident that Apse’s latest offering is a slice of ambient, post-rock delight; the band has existed in one form or another for more than a decade. Their history lies more in experimental and instrumental music, which means that each track on Climb Up has a solid foundation and sounds akin to Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky. Layered on top of the urgent bass, driving drums, and pleasantly-distorted guitars are vocals that are repetitive to the point of being haunting. Listening to Apse is like having a gust of wind howl through your house, washing you with warmth rather than a chill.
Those who are familiar with Apse’s previous work probably know them for channeling a degree of darkness in their songs. While there is a bit of that darkness in Climb Up, the record follows the advice offered by its title. The darkness here is more like a shadow, and there’s more to encourage listeners to get up and dance. Sounding a bit like Portishead and Aphex Twin, Climb Up could be Apse’s most accessible record yet. It builds a sonic landscape that’s peaceful like a night sky, with perhaps a glimpse or two of lightning just to capture your attention.

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Casey Hicks toils her daylight hours away in an office high above Manhattan in order to afford nights of passionately scribbling. The first song she remembers ever hearing is "Lola" by the Kinks. She thinks this explains a lot.
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