In 2010 The Apples in Stereo released their seventh studio album Travellers in Space and Time, the group's most hi-fi and hook-laden production to date. Described by frontman Robert Schneider as "retro-futuristic super-pop," the album served as the official follow-up to 2007's New Magnetic Wonder, and the band's second release for Elijah Wood's Simian Records.
Travellers contains sixteen piano-driven tracks, bubbling over with vocoder harmonies and sci-fi sound effects, like 70's AM radio filtered through a UFO; including the robotic first single "Dance Floor," the four-on-the-floor dream-scape "Hey Elevator," the Hall and Oates-tinged "Told You Once," and the epic, yearning "Dream About The Future," among many instant hits. The musical theme heard in these songs is strung throughout Travellers: intense pop hooks and electronic sounds, mixed with a pumping, get-up-and-moonwalk beat.
"I wanted to make a futuristic pop record, to reach out to the kids of the future," Schneider adds. "It is what I imagine their more highly-evolved pop might sound like: shiny soul music with robots and humans singing together, yet informed by the music of our time. So we are sending a pop music message through time, hoping they will decode it and be into it."