After seven albums and 15 years, Denver ’s Apples in Stereo are bound to have a few extra songs lying around. On Electronic Projects For Musicians, the sugary power pop five-piece take those throwaways and b-sides and release them for the first time on one disc.
For the most part, this collection is a great addition to the band’s oeuvre. Shine (In Your Mind), a b-side from Fun Trick Noisemaker, and Onto Something, originally from a 1996 split-single, are classic Apples tracks, while the previously unreleased Dreams shows why the group has staying power. However, some songs could have been omitted, like the obnoxious TV theme-ish The Apples Theme Song, or the silly Stephen Stephen, a funny but forgettable tune the band sang on the Colbert Report. Still, this disc is worth checking out if you’re still an Apples in Stereo fan.