The Apricot Hounds shine in the very riveting “Chapter One.”
5. THESE DAYS
The instrumental attached to These Days features vibes that are spry, welcoming, and lively — that means frolicking to the song is encouraged.
I love everything about Agne and Adam’s performances on These Days! Not only do I find their chemistry to be outstanding, but I also enjoy their heartwarming lyrics, burly/confident singing, and fearlessness. Just by listening to the song, you can tell these two singers have felt real-deal love in their lives before.
4. GIVE OUR LOVE A CHANCE
Give Our Love A Chance is chilling. From the moment I pressed play on the song, I felt goosebumps…
Give Our Love A Chance features both an inert instrumental and intoxicating vocals by Agne. To get even more specific, the song features sobering violin-play, sluggish drumming, numbing guitar-play, candid lyrics about heartbreak, and a vocal performance that perfectly illustrates what someone who is broken/dispirited sounds like.
Melody boasts this kick-ass Latin rock instrumental that has a splash of country vibes attached to it. As a listener, I think you will shake your tailfeather and do your best salsa dance while listening to it.
Agne shines on Melody by coming across like a disheveled, yet music-loving individual that uses singing as a way to overcome pain and sorrow. Her performance on the song kinda reminds me of Hadda Brooks’ nightclub performances from back in the day.
If Melody doesn’t strike a chord with you, I don’t know what will…
2. MOVE TO THE LEFT
The energy attached to Move To The Left is beyond impeccable! For starters, I love the instrumental to the track — it features outstanding violin-play, hard-hitting drumming, and electrifying guitaring. Over this instrumental, the two lead singers of The Apricot Hounds (Agne and Adam) let loose, singing boastfully about celebrating one another, enjoying life, and embracing a dance that is simple enough to learn (Both figuratively and literally).
Is there a better way to start an album?
1. LOVING REGRETS
Loving Regrets is as riveting as it gets! First and foremost, the song features this powerful instrumental that has a little bit of trip-hop, a little bit of country, a little bit of rock, and lots of bluesiness attached to it.
As for the lead singer on Loving Regrets (Agne), she sings passionately about her loving regrets, embraceable troubles, and inescapable heartaches in the song. What I love about her performance is that her every word succeeds in pulling your soul in like it was apart of a tug-o-war.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. 99.1 PERCENT (N/A)
2. MOVE TO THE LEFT (4.5/5)
3. CARTEL QUEEN (4.5/5)
4. MELODY (5/5)
5. THESE DAYS (5/5)
6. BABY (4/5)
7. HIGH (4/5)
8. MYSELF TALKING TO MYSELF ABOUT MYSELF (N/A)
9. LOVING REGRETS (5/5)
10. GIVE OUR LOVE A CHANCE (5/5)
11. DOWN BY THE RIVER (4/5)
12. FEELING FOREVER NOW (4.5/5)
13. HOME (4/5)
14. HIGH (ACOUSTIC) (4/5)
So what makes The Apricot Hounds such an amazing act? For starters, the way they blend folk music with other genres like trip-hop and authentic rock is masterful! The band also does a great job of making music that is powerful, inundating and spellbinding. With that being said, in Chapter One, their latest body-of-work, The Apricot Hounds bless us with a masterpiece that comes for your life but also nurtures it with a touch that is as soft as a hotel pillow.
The vocal performances, lyrics, and instrumentals that you get from The Apricot Hounds on Chapter One are all amazing! In my opinion, every single song Agne and Adam are featured on is full of fearless vocals and candid lyrics (The new member of The Apricot Hounds, Lara Luu (See her YouTube channel HERE) does a great job of covering Agne’s performances in the band’s live shows), while the instrumentals you get on every single song features wild twists and turns, cinematic vibes, and pure creativeness. To make a long story short, there is no shortage of action on Chapter One!
Kudos must go to Agne (Vocals), Adam (Vocals and Guitar), Vaughan (Violin) and
Sheldon (Drums) for making an album in Chapter One that is too multi-faceted/relatable/passionate/unshielded/untamed/heartwarming to put down! (BTW, Chapter One is meant to be listened to from start to finish. 99.1 Percent (The intro track) contains sounds of a needle dropping on a vinyl record, while High (Acoustic) (The Outro track) contains sounds of a skipping vinyl)
LISTEN TO CHAPTER ONE