Aptøsrs – ‘Elders’

A dynamic album out today from Aptøsrs, Elders compels in its range of soundscapes, from the darkly dexterous “Graveyard Syndrome” to the jangly lushness of “With Each Step.” The Los Angeles-based artist first caught our attention with debut single “Rust Mountain” in February, and Elders continues to showcase the memorable songwriting and production of composer/songwriter Paul Terry.

Terry’s instrumental project presents a riveting sound throughout Elders. “A Peaceful Way to Defy Them All” is exemplary of the tactfully unveiling atmospheric momentum, steadily incorporating gentle piano amidst clanging distorted pulses for a chilling effect, with shades of the Twin Peaks theme.

Elsewhere, “Nothing but Recall” evolves into a more vibrant display of charismatic piano amidst danceable percussion, emphasizing the project’s overall versatility. “Questionnaires” is another standout, emphasizing a cinematic-friendly spaciousness in its graceful piano playing and orchestral flourishes. Elders is a wholly consuming album from Aptøsrs.

“With Each Step” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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