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It also would be easy to dismiss [Apple Miner Colony] for its connection, however slight, to the same Eastern European influences of two other bands, Beirut and A Hawk and a Hacksaw, which have gained international success and hail from the same 100-mile radius that spawned the Apple Miner Colony.

AMC has a similar cosmopolitan flair, but is careful in its sonic balance. A more apt comparison would be with Sufjan Stevens or Andrew Bird, artists who surreptitiously hint at their spectral influences, rather than immerse themselves in the root sound.
AMC’s music, in spite its revelatory nature, is a work in progress. The songs aren’t necessarily incomplete, but are restless and perhaps a bit stifled. The orchestral sound that is the anchoring strength of the band also creates the desire to explore its subjects more deeply. The band is capable of creating a moving emotional experience, but experiences alone are only part of the equation in creating great music. And whether it’s an individual singer-songwriter or a battalion of musicians on stage, a balance of both the heart and mind is, ultimately, what counts.

Wilson is a fiercely talented young artist, who is a clear standout in the Santa Fe music scene. His lyrics, controlled voice and vision, exacted by his band, are poised and will hopefully materialize into something much larger.

Stream some of their work at their Myspace page.

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