Melbourne, Australia based guitarist Anthony Pell has released his latest work under the project name of Apell. Beaver Street & Beyond is a highly creative and ultra-modern blending of downtempo electronic music with guitars (electric and acoustic) and bass. Apell tosses in samples, drum loops, saxophone and keyboards into the sonic porridge, which is largely instrumental, save for a few vocal tracks and vocal samples. Extended guitar solos... you won't find 'em. Guitar solos... not really. Extensive use of the guitar... um, no. So how could it appeal to the kind of guitar fans who visit Guitar Nine? If you are into the electronic scene you are aware of the among of material recorded without any guitar at all - Beaver Street & Beyond gives you a sense at how forward thinking electronic artists can at least incorporate something a lot more human sounding into their work - congrats to Apell for stepping forward and showing it can be done.
Anthony's music career began with piano lessons at school, which then led to him teaching himself guitar and bass. Sax lessons were also taken in high school adding another instrument to list. After school it was off to University to study music and sound engineering while playing guitar in the band Cornucopia that went from progressive rock to funk fusion. After University, several bands beckoned including Grumble (guitar), Sir Hocket (keys) and Bonestring (bass). While playing bass in Bonestring, Apell was created to explore music further electronically. Many styles of music have influenced the Apell sound from classic rock bands like the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa and King Crimson to newer bands like Radiohead, U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
A major electronic influence has been the group Unkle who were formed by DJ Shadow and James Lavelle. This style of guitars and downtempo beats inspired a direction for several Apell tracks.
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