Robert Schneider Calls New Apples in Stereo "Futuristic, R&B-ish Mega-Pop"

Robert Schneider Calls New Apples in Stereo "Futuristic, R&B-ish Mega-Pop"
After a recent stint as a children's entertainer, Robert Schneider is returning to Apples in Stereo. In a new interview, the head Apples popster revealed the band's proper follow-up to 2007's New Magnetic Wonder is being tentatively called Travelers in Space and Time and will be an album packed full of what Schneider calls "futuristic, R&B-ish mega-pop."

While talking to Spinner, he said that the band are about 60 percent done the new record and that it's set for a spring 2010 release on  Simian/Yep Roc. "There are a lot of overdubs to be done, but most of the basic tracks are done," he said. "I haven't done all the vocals yet... I haven't even written all of the lyrics."

But while the record still has a ways to go, Schneider added that fans should brace themselves for a bit of a change-up, saying: "I would characterize it as futuristic, R&B-ish mega-pop. Remember when the UFO at the end of Close Encounters comes down to the ground, all the lights are flashing and it's playing that music? It's like that, but the UFO is playing R&B music. That's what I'm aiming for."

So far, tentative song titles include "Dream about the Future," "Hey Elevator," "No One in the World" and "I Told You Once, I Told You Twice," which Schneider describes as "Hall and Oates crossed with a UFO."

"I'm really excited about it," he said. "It's super poppy songs and it's very, very different in a really good way. It's futuristic like it's yesterday's vision of tomorrow."