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Apex Manor

Heartbreak City

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LP $18.85

05/31/2019 673855062907 

MRG 629 


CD $13.75

05/31/2019 673855062921 

MRG 629 CD 


The Year of Magical Drinking, APEX MANOR's 2011 tongue-in-cheek debut title, turned into self-fulfilling prophecy for ROSS FLOURNOY. Near a nervous breakdown from depression and longterm alcohol abuse, Flournoy traveled from California home to Memphis, to check himself into rehab. Flournoy ended up staying in Memphis for two and a half years before returning to California. He got work composing instrumental music for scores and program theme songs. The music-without-lyrics part came easy for Flournoy and the anonymity was an enticing draw as he learned to navigate life without alcohol. “I always knew I wanted to make another Apex Manor record,” revels Flournoy. However, there seemed to be a new disconnect between the ease with which he composed instrumental music and the obstacles he faced every time he tried to write lyrics. Finally in 2016 after moving back to Los Angeles and scoring a couple of movies, Flournoy wrote his first new Apex Manor song. “It took me five or six years to learn how to rewrite songs or at least how to write them sober. But then in nine months I wrote something like 35 songs,” smiles Flournoy. After recording with producer ROB BARBADOS, Flournoy emerged with a vibrant collection of Apex Manor songs he’s titled Heartbreak City. The 11 tracks on Heartbreak City feature universal topics (break-ups, selfishness, relationships) with extemporaneous abstractions that furiously rumble with Dinosaur Jr.-esque guitars (“Asked & Answered,” “Nervous Wreck,” “Where My Mind Goes,” “The Long Goodbye”) and float on the synth-work of bands like The Killers (“Sara Now,” “Diamond in the Dark”).

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