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THE APPLESEED COLLECTIVE

Young Love

2014-03-13

The Appleseed Collective is an Ann Arbor-based group that formed in 2010.  They released their debut album, Baby to Beast, in 2012 and took to the road for nearly two years. The group's throwback sound and eclectic sentiment gives them a rather unique appeal. Their official site says it best: "The Appleseed Collective represents Americana music rooted in traditions from all over the world and from every decade, creating a live experience that welcomes every soul and is impossible to replicate." Young Love is the group's new 14-track album, released January 21, 2014. Andrew Brown (vocals, guitar) wrote the majority of the tracks on the new album, though Brandon Smith (violin, mandolin) and Katie Lee (banjo, vocals) also wrote for the album. Vince Russo (washboard and percussion) and Ben Rolston (upright bass) make up the other members of the group. The band is strongly rooted in their local community and has a desire to support sustainable living habits, which has led to "success that feels simply organic" to them.  The album opens with "Welcome to the Show," which situates the listener in a concert venue, true to the fact that the album was tracked almost entirely live.  The title track, "Young Love," is lyrically fast paced, reinforced by inventive percussion and old-timey melodies from acoustic instruments.
- Richard Martin

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