From The Desk Of The Apples In Stereo’s Robert Schneider: Mexican Space Art

Talking to Apples in stereo frontman Robert Schneider is something like sitting around the kitchen table with a few friends and a six-pack while knocking out the screenplay for a new episode of Seinfeld. With Schneider at the controls of this magic-bus ride, he pulls the topics he likes out of thin air like some deranged conjurer, instantly discards and modifies them, apologizes for going off the tracks, backs the engine up to the starting point, begins talking about something entirely different, then excuses himself to take brief notes on some future project while humming a melody that’s just popped into his head. He’s also one of a handful of great songwriters to emerge over the past 20 years, a psych/pop genius whose knack for addictive melodies and memorable lyrics is perfectly obvious on Travellers In Space And Time (Simian/Yep Roc). Schneider will be guest editing all week. Read our new Q&A with him.

Schneider: In recent years I have seen this incredible space art from Mexico: spray-paint artists doing this style of fantasy space art like ’70s prog-rock album covers or Frank Frazetta backgrounds, but doing it very quickly with cans of spray paint and stencils, using the dripping and smudging of the wet spray paint to achieve these details that look almost photo-realistic in the context of Jupiter-like planets and cities in space. I think it must be an artistic movement happening, and I am fully onboard that UFO. I bought some beautiful space art from the artist in this photo, Enrique Morales, who was painting them on location so you could watch him work.

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