APOLLO LTD, Out Of Body
I must admit I do not listen to full album releases much these days. But after a couple of promising single releases, you owe it to yourself to check out Nashville duo Apollo LTD’s debut album Out Of Body. It puts all of their singles and two previous EP’s into one convenient place, and shows how cohesive these songs sound when you listen to them all consecutively.
Call it today’s Power Pop – incredibly strong melodies that naturally blend pop, rock, and dance genres, featuring multi-layered stories that can apply to anyone. The tight production has a wall-of-sound effect which gives the music a retro-classic kind of feel. Jordan Phillips is the vocalist with the affecting tones while Adam Stark handles production but both handle the various instrumentation. The combined sounds of synths with live instruments also offers a big, full sound on the album.
I’ve already written about “Misfits”, “On The Way Up”, and the ballad “Heaven (All Around You)”. The latter song also appears in its more uptempo version, while “On The Way Up” has been re-recorded and seems to emphasize more anthemic dance qualities than the mainstream sound of the original. “On The Way Up 2.0” (above) is probably my favourite on the album, with “Misfits”, “Supernatural” (also above), “Drive”, and “Tired Of L.A.” all memorable in their own special ways.
Out Of Body is a consistent effort from Apollo LTD with undeniably fine songwriting and production that sets their songs apart from the rest.