Solvent ‎– Apples & Synthesizers

Ghostly International ‎– GI-35
CD, Album


1 An Introduction To Science 1:24
2 Operating Ease 4:32
3 My Radio 4:34
4 Radar Receiver 2:26
5 Poly Ensemble 3:10
6 Think Like Us 5:30
7 Remote Control 3:20
8 First Step 2:37
9 For You 5:14
10 Instructograph 3:56
11 Science With Synthesizers 3:26
12 Background Noise (Don't Become) 2:24
13 Steve Strange 5:01

Companies, etc.


  • Mastered ByLupo*
  • Written-By, ProducerSolvent


℗ © 2004 Ghostly International.
Manufactured and distributed by Caroline Distribution.
Released in a Digipak with a 4-page inlay.

All songs written and produced 2000-2003.

Technical notes: all songs were recorded, edited and arranged with Logic Audio on a Macintosh Powerbook.

Mastered at Dubplates and Mastering, Berlin.

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  • Barcode: 804297903521

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April 3, 2017

Solvent joins the Ghostly International crew with APPLES & SYNTHESIZERS, continuing his gentle electro takeover of the world. The percussive bursts of "Operating Ease" contrast the bouncy melody, while the more traditional bass that opens "My Radio" gives way to a summery vibe, vocoder and all. "Poly Ensemble" is more squat and thicker, though it has its own graceful drive, but "Think Like Us" gets more sinister and robotic. Luckily "Remote Control" hops into synth-pop for a 80s blast of fun, and "For You" adds a touch of romance. "Science with Synthesizers" leans more towards spare digitalism, and "Steve Strange" closes the album out with an angular funk. An intriguing album.


September 26, 2014

very nice.
highly recommended.


January 30, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

"Apples and Synthesizers" was one of my greatest disappointments in 2004, due to the unfortunate addition of weak, grating processed vocals and frequently sub-par lyrics, a dearth of new material, and fewer of the sweet melodies of previous releases. The exceptions are "My Radio" (fine vocals, good lyrics and stunning music) and "For You," both of which have been released already in two different versions apiece (not counting remixes). I'm glad the album was well received, but for me the extraordinary quality of earlier releases is not matched on "Apples and Synthesizers."


September 20, 2004
edited over 13 years ago

One of my top picks for 2004. I don't understand why it's only half new material, but when it's this good it's hard to complain. All the songs on this album are classic electro/synth pop with shades of experimental tendencies. It makes for more proof of Solvent's excellent talent to mix heartfelt melodies with head nodding rythmic structures. This album shows Solvent moving one more step away from bedroom experimentation and toward the path of mature songwriting, which seems to be an excellant road for him to take.