The desert is a lonely place. So after spending the last 2 years touring in support of the lonesome desert sounds of his 2006 release, Good Grief, James Apollo cajoled a rugged outfit of seasoned friends into joining him in backwoods studios around the US to record songs with a few more...people. “We’d cram into these little rooms, sometimes ten of us, there’d be drunks, rousties, bandmates, you know, professionals at this sort of thing. Chaos. A real sweet beauty of a chaos. One guy played a marching drum laying on the floor, while his friend poured whiskey into him” There may be 10 boozy bandmates breathing life into the record, but they have gently taken James Apollo’s sweetly confessional songs from solace to grandeur. According to James, “My music has always been some starry-eyed search for the human condition.” And surrounded by his friends, Apollo may have found it. Hide Your Heart in a Hive features 11 drifting songs straight down from the closed, old mansion on the hill. James Apollo has always had a twisted take on American roots music, and Hive is no exception. Combining 60s experimentation with the wayfaring innocence of early America, James recreates the dusty world of his dreams. The record moves from the rich western pump organs of “Where All Love’s Pilgrim’s Come” to the sugar vibro-rythyms of “I’ve Got it Easy”, in which, if Apollo’s heart is not on his sleeve, it’s definitely not hiding. Hide Your Heart in a Hive rolls from high winds to sweet breezes. It’s a hell of a ride. You’ll have to find your own way home.