Meet Apex Manor!

Ex-The Broken West
musician gears up for 2011 debut, due Jan. 25 from Merge. Check out the free
MP3, below.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

The Year of Magical
Drinking
is the title of the debut album from Apex Manor: Ross Flournoy,
Adam Vine, Brian Whelan, and Andy Creighton. Flournoy founded Apex Manor after
the 2009 demise of The Broken West. Named after his Los Angeles “zen place,” Apex Manor was the
idyllic apartment of his close friend and long-time collaborator Vine.

 

Having relocated from the Silver
Lake neighborhood of Los
Angeles to Pasadena,
Flournoy was battling a case of writer’s block. Enter an unlikely source of
inspiration: an online songwriting contest. NPR’s Monitor Mix was soliciting
original songs from readers, giving the prospective songwriter one weekend to
write, record, and submit. Flournoy decided to give it a go and set about
writing and recording at home. At least he would be doing something with his
time. The song, “Under the Gun,” turned out to be about the process itself.

 

Free MP3:

 

Now feeling inspired for the first time in months, Flournoy
began writing, penning more than 25 songs, nearly a third of which were
co-written by Adam Vine. Flournoy then teamed up with former Broken West
bandmate Whelan to record some proper demos, and Apex Manor was born.

 

The Year of Magical
Drinking
was recorded at three different studios around LA and was produced
by Dan Long (Film
School, Local Natives)
and Brian Whelan. The full-band Apex Manor plans to tour extensively in 2011
including SXSW.

 

 

 

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