I discovered this Brooklyn band when their 2012 album “Worship” was released. ‘Shoegaze overload’. The music was noisy, chaotic, at times energetic and great. I listened to their back catalogue and APTBS became one of my favourite ‘pop’ bands (perhaps even the).
As with (1980’ies) shoegaze, the music has a ‘wavey’ touch, drumcomputers, feedback, screeching guitars. There are loud and softer tracks. I prefer the wilder tracks, but most of the softer tracks are great too.
With more recent albums the softer tracks appeared to have gotten the upper hand. The wild tracks are still great, the other tracks became less of my interest. So I made a playlist with tracks that I want to listen to more often and I play that list more often than I do the albums. With every new album, there were fewer tracks that I put in the playlist.
Then the opening track of “Hologram”, called “End Of The Night” was made available and again it is a fairly soft track. Nice though. A bit ‘surf noise’ of The Vandelles type. When the mini album came out, the second track “I Might Have” positively surprised me. Lots of feedback, lots of noise and some energy. But it again is the only track that went to my APTBS playlist. Not that the other tracks are bad, but they are simply not in the APTBS style that I prefer.