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Silver Apples of the Sun Import

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Out of print in the U.S.! 1995 debut album from the Electronic collective lead by Gary Fixsen and Margaret Fiedler. Too Pure.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B000024ERR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From Moonshake came Laika. It was a natural birth, Moonshake splitting into two camps; David Callahan pursuing Moonshake's darker, noirish jazzy-pop vision; Margaret Fiedler taking Laika downtown on a rocket ship bound for the stars.
"Silver Apples of the Moon" blows into the room from your stereo speakers with "Sugar Daddy," a rushy, sticky, swoony collision of outer space and inner city atmospheres, and continues with the spazzy, jazzy "Marimba Song" and its sexy hook: "butter and honey and milk and water, milk and water...". Flutes glissando, marimbas rattle, guitars skronk, bongos shake. "Red River" fumes and boils. "Spider Happy Hour" lounges playfully. "If You Miss" cools down the tempo a little and floats you on gently percolating clouds of organic electronica.
Sandwiched in between, like glue on an Erector Set, is Margaret Fiedler's sexy, spooky whisper making nursery rhymes out of often scary subjects: domestic violence ("Let Me Sleep"), stalkers ("Coming Down Glass"), and female sexuality ("I'm Honey in heat with nothing to do, 'cept wait around for mutts like you..."). Margaret has a way of giving things her own spin, though. She gets inside the stalker's head on "Glass" ("Them trashy types just outta milk teeth keep bluffing me with their big girly eyes..."), and "44 Robbers" is a jokey female-empowerment rap ("I'm just happy here on my own; don't need Hulk Hogan to bring me home").
Laika will get into your memorybank and stick there like gum in a zipdrive. If you dig this stuff, check out Moonshake's first two albums ("Eva Luna" and "Big Good Angel")--just a little more of this'n'that and this'n'that.
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At times tinged by the industrial, beat-ridden, post-funk of 23 Skidoo, with shades of eclectic Krautrock, hues of the dubby trip-hop of Portishead, Massive Attack and UNKLE, and even brush strokes from the glorious grooves of the electric-era jazz of Miles Davis, Laika's distinctive music seamlessly utilises a broad palette of sounds and influences evinced over the course of four albums. Named after the famous canine cosmonaut, this is an outfit that deserves a cult significance I don't believe they ever accrued. Of course, in the vicissitudes of art this is far from unusual, even if it seems like a criminal case of neglect. `Silver Apples of The Moon' was pretty much where it began in 1994 (after the initial `Breather' EP), and if you're wondering if Laika have anything more in store for us, well all I know is that the last I heard from them was a superb compilation called `Lost In Space' in 2003, which includes a wonderful rendition of `German Shepherds' by Wire, those fine art-school pioneers of post-punk innovation.
Laika defy easy categorisation, and although this is their strength, it may account for their lack of market penetration, for as we all know, it's easier to sell something that conforms to the manufactured parameters of expectation. They're identifiable neither as a rock act nor an electronic one, existing instead in a liminal space somewhere between the two, with their music additionally inflected by influences from jazz, lounge, and world musics. What really commends Laika though, is the combination of musicianship and production savvy, so that we are treated to songs that are expertly executed, finely arranged and recorded with technical finesse.
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Having bought this album primarily on a recommendation from a fellow customer, "Silver Apples Of The Moon" stands as one of the most remarkable revelations I have had.

The sound of "Silver Apples Of The Moon" is almost indescribable. Built largely on the keyboards and guitar of Guy Fixsen and the intense drumming of Lou Ciccotelli, the songs on "Silver Apples Of The Moon" do have generally recognisable verses and chorus, but, like on so many great records, these are made incredibly moody. Unlike on previous hyperfeminine masterpieces like Laura Nyro's New York Tendaberry or Kate Bush's Hounds Of Love, the mood shifts on "Silver Apples Of The Moon" can be traced directly to the dense funky rhythms (which at times recall a more sloppy Stevie Wonder) which are able to move from dreamy lullabies to ferocious rock, far harder than early 1980s post-funk.

The dramatic character of this album is best seen on the amazing, psychedelic "44 Robbers" on which Margaret Fielder's assertive tone and Lou Ciccotelli's amazing playing (better than Stuart Elliott on Hounds) builds a tale of domestic violence that is just so frightening, yet so immediate one will never turn away after a single listen. "Red River" is strange yet sensual at the beginning due to the sound effects, yet becomes trance-like when Fielder's untrained, yet expressive voice comes in. Fielder sounds fearsome here, yet on "Marimba Song" and "Sugar Daddy" she is softer and sweeter than any singer before her could be.
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