Edward Appleby
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Edward Appleby

Mobile, Alabama, United States | SELF

Mobile, Alabama, United States | SELF
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BushwickBK.com selected Edward's show at Goodbye Blue Monday as one of their weekly culture picks. - BushwickBK.com


BushwickBK.com selected Edward's show at Goodbye Blue Monday as one of their weekly culture picks. - BushwickBK.com


Little is known about Mobile’s resident composer, Edward Appleby. Appleby is said to have opened for Interpol, Pixies, and Starflyer 59, amongst others. If you’re just now hearing of him, don’t be too surprised. His selection of shows is sporadic at best. Abandoned warehouses, amphitheatres, local music festivals, and the back room at Serda’s; none seem to make any difference to Appleby.
Typically, his music is a mix between acts like Arcade Fire and Death Cab For Cutie, and his evolving roster of musicians ranges from five to fifteen. On this outing, “Music For the Living, Vol 1”, he has opted more for showcasing his composing side. There are no lead vocals, only eerie choirs and the ebb and flow of the music. Let me be the first to tell you folks, he’s better this way than he’s ever been.
At times Appleby seems to be channeling artists like Sufjan Stevens and Sigur Ros. When he’s in these moments he’s quite good, and not just good, but reaching what I consider a broad range of appeal. Edward Appleby could be enjoyed just as easily by your grandmother (if she’s into classical), as by your hipster little brother. These songs could be just as at home in the soundtrack of a Wes Anderson movie as on your uncle’s dusty old record player as he reads.
The highs of the album come in songs like “Songs for the Summer 1 & 2” and “We Could’ve Built This In a Day”. If “Music For the Living, Vol 1” is about music, it is that much more about the films that seem to inspire it. Whether they be in a DVD or just in Appleby’s mind. Bottom line: I give Appleby’s finest work yet an 8/10 and a strong recommendation to click the link in this article where you can go and hear the entire album and let me know what YOU think. Try “Songs for Summer 2” and call me in the morning. But not really, I like to sleep in.

- ModMobilian.com


Little is known about Mobile’s resident composer, Edward Appleby. Appleby is said to have opened for Interpol, Pixies, and Starflyer 59, amongst others. If you’re just now hearing of him, don’t be too surprised. His selection of shows is sporadic at best. Abandoned warehouses, amphitheatres, local music festivals, and the back room at Serda’s; none seem to make any difference to Appleby.
Typically, his music is a mix between acts like Arcade Fire and Death Cab For Cutie, and his evolving roster of musicians ranges from five to fifteen. On this outing, “Music For the Living, Vol 1”, he has opted more for showcasing his composing side. There are no lead vocals, only eerie choirs and the ebb and flow of the music. Let me be the first to tell you folks, he’s better this way than he’s ever been.
At times Appleby seems to be channeling artists like Sufjan Stevens and Sigur Ros. When he’s in these moments he’s quite good, and not just good, but reaching what I consider a broad range of appeal. Edward Appleby could be enjoyed just as easily by your grandmother (if she’s into classical), as by your hipster little brother. These songs could be just as at home in the soundtrack of a Wes Anderson movie as on your uncle’s dusty old record player as he reads.
The highs of the album come in songs like “Songs for the Summer 1 & 2” and “We Could’ve Built This In a Day”. If “Music For the Living, Vol 1” is about music, it is that much more about the films that seem to inspire it. Whether they be in a DVD or just in Appleby’s mind. Bottom line: I give Appleby’s finest work yet an 8/10 and a strong recommendation to click the link in this article where you can go and hear the entire album and let me know what YOU think. Try “Songs for Summer 2” and call me in the morning. But not really, I like to sleep in.

- ModMobilian.com


Online crushes are always a joy, and Edward Appleby is the most recent “apple” of my eye. I fell head over heels with his well-produced videos, musical ability, and beautiful persona. Originality is unavoidable for an orchestral pop composer and artist in Mobile, Alabama, and Appleby exemplifies this in his freshman EP. He takes pages from several books including that of Connor Oberst, Ben Gibbard, and Zach Condon, but produces a truly unique sound. Appleby’s voice would be somewhat of an acquired taste if not for its concentrated lovability. Fully equipped with adult-braces, thick-rimmed glasses, and what looks like a Gap scarf, the honesty in Appleby’s tone is endearing rather than whiney; charm, intimacy and truth coat the album in bittersweet syrup. - Covert Curiosity (Austin)


Online crushes are always a joy, and Edward Appleby is the most recent “apple” of my eye. I fell head over heels with his well-produced videos, musical ability, and beautiful persona. Originality is unavoidable for an orchestral pop composer and artist in Mobile, Alabama, and Appleby exemplifies this in his freshman EP. He takes pages from several books including that of Connor Oberst, Ben Gibbard, and Zach Condon, but produces a truly unique sound. Appleby’s voice would be somewhat of an acquired taste if not for its concentrated lovability. Fully equipped with adult-braces, thick-rimmed glasses, and what looks like a Gap scarf, the honesty in Appleby’s tone is endearing rather than whiney; charm, intimacy and truth coat the album in bittersweet syrup. - Covert Curiosity (Austin)


Edward Appleby's Self-Titled EP is, in as few words, a short collection of music and songs meditating on the themes of self-awareness and introspective identification. The EP begins tentatively, the tension of the coiled cadences in “Introduction” begin to slowly unravel into an outpouring emotional ascendance. A journey rife with self-fulfilling prophecies and other pitfalls of ego-naut, the EP culminates in the haunting and cathartic “Yester Dénouement,” whereby Edward finally finds peace; just man and guitar. Has he found himself? Probably not, but at least the wolves have stopped howling.
It is with great pleasure that Edward can postpone his inevitable death with the release of his first EP. - Beautifull Nosie Blog (Indonesia)


Although our request for a personal interview could not be fulfilled, we did communicate with Mr. Appleby through his spokesperson and he issued the following statement:
“My self-titled EP is, in as few words, a short collection of music and songs meditating on the themes of self-awareness and introspective identification.
The EP begins tentatively, the tension of the coiled cadences in “Introduction” begin to slowly unravel into an outpouring emotional ascendance. A journey rife with self-fulfilling prophecies and other pitfalls of ego-naut, the EP culminates in the haunting and cathartic “Yester Dénouement,” whereby I finally find peace; just man and guitar. Have I found myself? Probably not, but at least the wolves have stopped howling.
It is with great pleasure that I can postpone my inevitable death with the release of my first EP.
I am currently hard at work on my next EP, along with scoring a film. I will soon release “Lo, the snow in the chimney froze!,” an excerpt from my multi-movement Christmas epic (slated for release in December, 2011).” - ModMobilian.com


Although our request for a personal interview could not be fulfilled, we did communicate with Mr. Appleby through his spokesperson and he issued the following statement:
“My self-titled EP is, in as few words, a short collection of music and songs meditating on the themes of self-awareness and introspective identification.
The EP begins tentatively, the tension of the coiled cadences in “Introduction” begin to slowly unravel into an outpouring emotional ascendance. A journey rife with self-fulfilling prophecies and other pitfalls of ego-naut, the EP culminates in the haunting and cathartic “Yester Dénouement,” whereby I finally find peace; just man and guitar. Have I found myself? Probably not, but at least the wolves have stopped howling.
It is with great pleasure that I can postpone my inevitable death with the release of my first EP.
I am currently hard at work on my next EP, along with scoring a film. I will soon release “Lo, the snow in the chimney froze!,” an excerpt from my multi-movement Christmas epic (slated for release in December, 2011).” - ModMobilian.com


Though he may act a bit shy in front of the camera, Mobile musician Edward Appleby will steal your heart on stage with his warm, nostalgic tunes.
The Vanguard: In your own words, tell us who you are.
Edward Appleby: Hello, I'm Edward Appleby.
V: What are some films that are currently in your Netflix Instant Watch Queue?
E: Werner Herzog's "La Soufrière - Waiting for an Inevitable Disaster"; Woody Allen's "Manhattan"; Fritz Lang's "M"
V: Name a couple of books you are currently reading.
E: "Dream Psychology" by Sigmund Freud; "Harmonielehre" by Arnold Schoenberg
V: What is your weapon of choice?
E: Plowshare.
V: Pick three television shows to embody humans to play Twister with.
E: Arrested Development, Community, Laguna Beach.
V: So, the rumors are true? You watch reality television?
E: Yes.
V: Describe one exciting thing you have done with music lately.
E: I listened to it, earlier.
V: Describe your ideal band vehicle. (i.e. van, bus, teleportation, riding on the backs of ostriches.)
E: Hot air balloon. Or anything that functions reasonably properly. Or preferably something that isn't an airplane.
V: Name a song that you've been listening to relentlessly.
E: Crispin Glover's cover of "Ben," made popular by Michael Jackson.
V: Who would you most like to share the stage with?
E: Franz Liszt.
V: Tell our readers what to look out for. (Promote something)
E: I'm playing at the Blind Mule on January 21st (this Friday) with the Underhill Family Orchestra. It may be my last performance ever. I'm slated to score a film within the somewhat near future.
I'm also currently working on my second EP which consists of two separate song cycles exploring the ideas of the moon, sink holes, perception of reality, and self-awareness while simultaneously half-working on a multi-movement Christmas epic, tentatively titled "Lo, the Snow in the Chimney Froze."
If you're interested in hearing or purchasing my Self-Titled EP, you can go here: edwardapplebymusic.com.
If you'd like to admit that you have feelings for me, or just want to talk, you can write me here: loveletterstoedwardappleby@gmail.com. - The Vanguard


Though he may act a bit shy in front of the camera, Mobile musician Edward Appleby will steal your heart on stage with his warm, nostalgic tunes.
The Vanguard: In your own words, tell us who you are.
Edward Appleby: Hello, I'm Edward Appleby.
V: What are some films that are currently in your Netflix Instant Watch Queue?
E: Werner Herzog's "La Soufrière - Waiting for an Inevitable Disaster"; Woody Allen's "Manhattan"; Fritz Lang's "M"
V: Name a couple of books you are currently reading.
E: "Dream Psychology" by Sigmund Freud; "Harmonielehre" by Arnold Schoenberg
V: What is your weapon of choice?
E: Plowshare.
V: Pick three television shows to embody humans to play Twister with.
E: Arrested Development, Community, Laguna Beach.
V: So, the rumors are true? You watch reality television?
E: Yes.
V: Describe one exciting thing you have done with music lately.
E: I listened to it, earlier.
V: Describe your ideal band vehicle. (i.e. van, bus, teleportation, riding on the backs of ostriches.)
E: Hot air balloon. Or anything that functions reasonably properly. Or preferably something that isn't an airplane.
V: Name a song that you've been listening to relentlessly.
E: Crispin Glover's cover of "Ben," made popular by Michael Jackson.
V: Who would you most like to share the stage with?
E: Franz Liszt.
V: Tell our readers what to look out for. (Promote something)
E: I'm playing at the Blind Mule on January 21st (this Friday) with the Underhill Family Orchestra. It may be my last performance ever. I'm slated to score a film within the somewhat near future.
I'm also currently working on my second EP which consists of two separate song cycles exploring the ideas of the moon, sink holes, perception of reality, and self-awareness while simultaneously half-working on a multi-movement Christmas epic, tentatively titled "Lo, the Snow in the Chimney Froze."
If you're interested in hearing or purchasing my Self-Titled EP, you can go here: edwardapplebymusic.com.
If you'd like to admit that you have feelings for me, or just want to talk, you can write me here: loveletterstoedwardappleby@gmail.com. - The Vanguard


Discography

Self-Titled EP
Music for the Living, vol. 1
Music for the Living Dead
Lo! The Snow in the Chimney Froze!
The City (Waiting for the Inevitable Disaster)

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Edward Appleby is a musician / performer / writer / heart
throb living in Mobile, AL who composes cinematic
music that combines aspects of indie folk pop-art songs
with modern classical composition. Edward Appleby's
debut full-length CD, "The City (Waiting for the Inevitable
Disaster)", is a collection of music overflowing with
adventurous tales of love and loss, triumph and failure,
life and death, ghosts and lake monsters, and even haunted
museums. From the electronic chaos of "The Ghost of
Robert Redwood, pt. 1" to the surreal romance of "Western
Expanses", Edward's songs are a collision of imagination,
strings, horns, drum machines, and faltering voices. The
album was recorded guerilla-style across the state
of Alabama in bedrooms, closets, practice rooms at
universities, and sometimes a church at night.
Over the year leading up to the release of his debut
full length, Edward self-recorded and released four EP's,
ranging in concept from instrumental film score-style music
intended to be the soundtrack to everyday life (“Music for the
Living, Vol. 1”) to collections of original holiday music for
Halloween and Christmas (“Music for the Living Dead” and
“Lo! The Snow in the Chimney Froze!”, respectively).