“Silver Apples” is the debut studio album by Silver Apples, an American electronic rock group formed in New York City in 1967 by Simeon (oscillators, flute, vocals) and Danny Taylor (drums, percussion, vocals).
The album was released by independent record label Kapp Records in 1968, and reached number 193 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
It is one of the earliest albums that fused electronic music with rock in the popular music field.
The music is experimental psychedelic rock that incorporated electronic sounds by a self-devised primitive synthesizer (called “The Simeon”, which consisted of nine audio oscillators and eighty-six manual controls), pulsing rhythms and repetitive beats by human-powered drums, melodic vocals like idyllic folk, and the method of sound collage like sampling.
It had innovative sounds at that time, like a predictor of krautrock, post-punk, indie rock, and electronica in later years.
The album had a great influence on Suicide, Spacemen 3, and Stereolab.
“Oscillations”/”Misty Mountain” were released as a single in 1968.
The album was re-released in 1997 by MCA Records as a 2 in 1 CD with the band’s second album “Contact” (1969).