Nuremberg's The Green Apple Sea have taken their time to finish newest album, Directions. About eight years ago Stefan Prange, creative head and songwriter of the band, decided to move to the countryside to get away from modern city life. He said a fond farewell to the indie music scene he had very much been part of and went instead, to plant potatoes and train a local kids football team. Quite a change.
Stefan didn’t want to be a musician anymore and he was sure he never wanted to play live again but the problem was, his songs wouldn't stop coming. He began secretly recording new ideas into his phone, scribbling down lyrics on old electricity bills. He shared the new material with his former bandmates and began to enter open-mic nights.
A trip to London followed to play a Communion Records club night and then a Daytrotter Session was recorded. Shortly afterwards, the band went into the studio and began recording a new album. It did take four years but here it is, Directions is about to be released, worldwide on May 18.
The recording of this, their fourth full length, was more difficult than any of its predecessors for The Green Apple Sea. They wanted to create something to be hugely proud of after Prange's long creative break and following their previous album, Northern Sky/Southern Sky (2010), which had received fantastic reviews.
What evolved is the truly organic band sound typical to The Green Apple Sea. Everything is intertwined and yet every instrument and melody has its place and remains distinguishable. Choirs and harmonies are here, one of their trademarks and almost every song starts with a signature melody, most of them played by producer Christian 'Wuschi' Ebert on keyboard or piano.
The Green Apple Sea know how to connect melancholy and bitterness with sparkling, country influenced pop songs. The splendid contrast between the mood of the lyrics and of the music, truly make this band extraordinary. These hand cut, finely crafted songs contain a disarming radiance that make it crystal clear, why Directions took eight years to complete. It could be described as a collection of singles, as no song depends on another, each one deserves its own space.