SILVER APPLES new album, 'Clinging to a Dream', the first in 19 years, features 11 new songs and was recorded at the ChickenCoop studios in Fairhope, Alabama, USA and was produced by Graham Sutton in London, UK. These new songs carry on the tradition begun in 1967 by Silver Apples of merging pure, raw electronic sounds with melodic poetic content and represents 40 years of polishing and refining this experiment.
The result, as usual, is surprisingly original. ChickenCoop Recordings is Silver Apples own imprint, the same name given to the backyard studio in Alabama by Simeon Coxe, founder and surviving member of Silver Apples.
The new album release on ChickenCoop, is part of a larger worldwide deal with Cargo Records, which sees back catalogue titles, 'The Garden', 'Beacon' and 'Decatur' re-issued on all formats, with Beacon and Decatur for the first time ever available on vinyl and digital download.
The Garden was the once legendary, ‘lost’, third album that luckily turned up in 1998 during the reunion of Simeon and Danny Taylor, who at the time hadn’t seen each other for 27 years! The story appears on the sleeve artwork.
First released on the now defunct, ‘Whirlybird’, label in ’98 (CD only) then on now defunct Canadian label, ‘Bully Records’, in 2006. Beacon was, the come back album in 1997 and was recorded with Steve Albini. It’s what Simeon now refers to as the ‘trio days’, as Simeon initially recruited Xian Hawkins (keyboards) and Michael Lerner (drums) for the reactivation of Silver Apples.
Decatur was also released in 1998 on the back of Beacon and is, as the sleeve notes say, ‘A voyage of pure exploration beyond the broad established horizons of electronic music. It is an adventure into the perceptions of an unparallel universe all it’s own’.
Dubs of the band's third album, which had been mysteriously unaccounted for, were found in a cardboard box in drummer Danny Taylor's attic.
The remarkable reunion of the original duo of Simeon and Taylor hadn't been planned. After 27 years apart, they were reunited when a disc jockey at New Jersey's legendary WFMU radio station received a phone call from Taylor for the station's pledge drive.
Taylor had been out of the music business for years, and his call put the pieces in place for Simeon, who was known at WFMU, to forge a renewed excitement for the Silver Apples' earliest recordings.
The recordings included seven complete songs from 1969 and seven drum instrumentals by in 1968. Taylor's 1968 drumming demos were blended with Simeon Coxe's 1998 "Noodle" efforts. ALLMUSIC
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. I Don't Care What The People Say 2. Tabouli Noodle 3. Walkin' 4. Cannonball Noodle
Side B: 1. John Hardy 2. Cockroach Noodle 3. The Owl 4. Swamp Noodle
Side C: 1. Mustang Sally 2. Anasazi Noodle 3. Again 4. Starlight Noodle