One Horse Town is a sizzling guitar track that has Todd’s vocals given just enough distortion to contribute to the overall harmony of the composition. Apfel is able to cross over quite nicely from alternative to pop-rock to hard rock, all while including nods to a variety of other genres. The gradual movement into different, distinct sections during this introductory track makes the four-plus minute run go by quickly.
Not the Only One has Apfel establish an interesting soundscape that ties together artists like Radiohead, Jethro Tull, and Queensryche. This effort contains some delectable strings that pull some serious weight in the creation of an overall environment for fans. With an emphatic ending to this second effort, fans are taken to a different side of Apfel’s psyche with Paradise.
Paradise is a highlight of the tracks on One Horse Town. There is still the same guitar-lead rock that was initially heard during One Horse Town and Not The Only One, but there is a delectable electronic-influenced chorus to Paradise that will bury itself deeply into the mind and psyche of listeners.
Shadows in Your Mind slows things down and allows the sizzling guitar work and splashing drums ample opportunity to shine. The masterful command of these distinct elements makes for an emphatic closing to one of the most fulfilling EPs that we have heard this year. Few artists would be able to create so many distinct nods to influences and keep the resulting effort so cohesive; Apfel’s album to make an emphatic statement about who he is and what he wants to do as a musician. Purchase One House Town on iTunes.
Top Tracks: Not the Only One, Shadows in Your Mind
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