From Greek mythology "Apeliotes"is a minor wind-god, the southeast wind if you must know. Minor only because he-she is not one of the major compass points, The Tiger Club always likes to give props to even the most obscure and least significant deities (of all pantheons). The song appears on The Tiger Club album, "Mephisto Island" and the video is the creation of Gary Durrett. Gary utilizes a collage-art style for this and four other Tiger Club videos. In this one, he features the tango as the perfect dance complement to this beautiful piece of music.
Baxter Robertson Notes on Apeliotes:
I meant for this piece to be an organ feature with a simple groove and some exotic percussion. Somehow it got way out of hand, to the point where it absolutely HAD to have a full complement of strings along with other contents of the proverbial kitchen sink. We’re all glad for that.
About The Tiger Club
The Tiger Club was born in 2004 from the need to play adventurous but accessible music that harnessed Baxter Robertson’s compositional skills, his sense of whimsy, and his desire to connect with people through live performance. Mephisto Island (Aeneid Recording Company) is the group’s second record and it’s finest. It benefits from a stable collective of musicians—club members, as they are called—and a well-developed sense of band identity.
The 10 instrumental originals on Mephisto Island (Aeneid Recording Company) are refreshingly diverse, spanning the quiet fire of the Latin-tinged “Showdown at Mezcal Flats,” the slinky strut of “Green Goddess,” and the jubilant gospel-flavored “Order Of The Seeing Eye.” In today’s computer-based culture, it’s a revelation to hear a punchy horn section, stately strings, and clever arrangements played in real time by a cast of twenty-five world-class musicians from all over the United States.
Mephisto Island was produced and mixed by Cal Ball for his indie imprint Aeneid Recording Company. Ball crafted a production aesthetic that is warm and vibey with a pristine, modern pop clarity. Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Bernie Grundman mastered the album and also cut the lacquers for the upcoming vinyl release.
The Tiger Club’s live show is whole other animal. It’s a freewheeling romp with Clubbers dressed uniform, burning through originals and ingenious vocal versions of chestnuts such as “Mellow Yellow,” “Daydream Believer,” and Blue Öyster Cult’s “Burnin’ For You” which they’ve been known to perform as a scorching ska number.
Of all the highlights of Robertson’s storied professional musician career, it’s a simple feeling he cherishes the most. “It’s that moment you realize you’re onstage killing it, the audience is digging it, and you’re communicating who you really are. Nothing stokes the fire of life and creativity like that.”