There are more delicious moments here than a box of chocolates.
The genius that is Mike Crawford (The Spics) and Rich Beale (formerly of Head, and now moonlighting with Don Mandarin) have crafted a sublime album of gorgeous pop songs that should have seen light of day some years ago.
Due to a succession of record company politics hindering the release of Apache Dropout's eponymous album coupled with a spate of personal breakdowns, Sugarshack Records came to the rescue at the final hour to provide a welcome home.
From the contagious (excuse the pun) Yellow Fever to present single Silence, which has garnered rave reviews from the likes of Annie Nightingale (Radio One) who has already uttered the words:"...this should be one of the new year's first big blow ups." The future is certainly looking bright for Apache Dropout.
Recorded in the confines of Crawford's home to capture a more organic feel to the recording process - hence the hand claps that greet the jazz-influenced Woe upon its conclusion; and the distant cars that are present at the beginning of Story of Love. Apache Dropout have more than matched their expectations.
With the introspective confessions of lead singer Rich Beale reaching something of a peak on the Nick Cave influenced Galilee, his lyrical confessions never become overbearing due to being somewhat restrained in equal measure. Look no further than the far-reaching Dreamtime;
intriguing fascination of Belle Star, or utter disbelief running through Syria, to realise that there is more to this album than a simple dose of navel gazing.
Perhaps, though, it is the finale of Snake In The Grass that reveals the true temperament of Apache Dropout. Not only is it the best song to grace this album, but if you listen close enough you are likely to hear the future direction of this Bristol-based duo. All this without trip-hop supervision.
Bring me more stories of love because this chapter hasn't finished by a long way.
Apache Dropout CD album
Released Feb 12th 2001