Anthony Pell is a Neil Young fan and an Australian musician who records electronic music under the name of Apell. Apell has acclaimed as “a tour de force with a creative mind who lives in a world of his own” – (Marty Peters RECORDING Magazine US)
Sounding like the groovier half of Amon Tobin sampling George Clinton with a jazzy electric bass, Apell’s 2008 album Reconstituted features a drum n bass version of Neil Young’s "Don’t Let it Bring You Down" and an ambient reworking of George Harrison’s "Long, Long, Long". Another highlight from the album is Dubya with lyrics based on inane quotes from President George W Bush’s and his life story.
After playing guitar, bass and keys in several bands Apell was created to produce music that couldn't be composed in a regular band format. The production techniques are inspired by a diverse set of influences from rock (U2, Radiohead, King Crimson, Zappa & Hendrix) to jazz (John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Weather Report & Herbie Hancock) and electronic (Massive Attack, Squarepusher & Amon Tobin).
Apell has received rave reviews and has been described as “a crazy eccentric genius.” – (Stillborn Extreme Music Zine - Italy) This musical madness has twice made Apell a finalist in the Australian Youthweeks RockIT in 2001 & 2002.
Apell 2nd album Beaver Street & Beyond was released in 2004 and has been acclaimed as “the best experience one can have listening to music” – (neufutur.com) This album features Anthony’s multi-instrumental skills with guitar, bass, sax and keyboards to create music from downtempo grooves to industrial tinged breaks.
Since 2004 Apell has been performing live using a laptop armed with Ableton Live, & his groovy bass guitar to entertain audiences with improvised and remixed versions of his tracks. Apell has performed at Melbourne’s Fringe Festival, Electundra Electronic Music Festival and at various Melbourne venues. The latest live incarnation of Apell uses 2 singers Jason Demillo and Rachael Hawkins who can be heard on the cover version of Neil Young’s Don’t Let It Bring You Down.
Apell is a member of the Australian electronic music collective Clan Analogue and is featured on their 2006 Dub compilation Inverted – Further Dub Selections and 2009 compilation Greatest Hits.
For music samples, video clips and to sign up to the mailing list for a free mp3 go to www.apellmusic.com
Listen to a sample of the Don't Let It Bring You Down cover.