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Album Review: Scores – Applesauce Tears

by Krystal Perez, Albright College

Feb 11, 2022

Applesauce Tears is back with another album that claims to have a slightly different sound, but I fail to hear it.

The Context – Formed in Athens, Georgia, this collection of friends and acquaintances started making music together and producing their brand of instrumental psychedelic, atmospheric, and cinematic tracks. By using modulated ’80s synths, classic bass-snare drum beats, and hallucinogenic progressions, Applesauce Tears offers the listener a unique blend of instrumental ambient-free form music. This kind of sound is very reflective in this album as well as the others.

The Content – While listening to this album I noticed that each song creates a serene atmosphere. The first song “Nurse Your Malice” creates a lush dreamy moment like you are walking on clouds. Then it transitions to this psychedelic trippy music, which indeed creates a calming aura. This feeling is carried out all the way through the album. The genre of this album is said to be Indie Rock, but does not really demonstrate any rock elements except on the recommended tracks “Rainy Day Face”, “Brass Model”, and supposedly “Cloud Break”. There are heavier hints of electric guitar and snare bass on these tracks. Yet, I would have to say “Cloud Break” has a more Indie Funk sound due to the synthesizer.

The Skinny – I would say that this album shouldn’t be classified as Indie Rock, just Indie since there are more musical elements in the songs that fit that genre. Their last album, Departure has more of a Indie Rock feel to it, with more drum patterns and guitar strings. While keeping the psychedelic and hallucinogenic elements the band is so known for. I wouldn’t say this album is a bad album, as it would be perfect to listen to when studying or just to kick back and relax. However, I do think they should reconsider their style if they want to create an Indie Rock album that does not sound like the previous ones.

Rating: 6.5/10

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