Peter Milton Walsh formed The Apartments in Brisbane, 1978, then left Australia within a few years, relocating first to New York and then to England when The Apartments were signed by legendary English record label Rough Trade in 1985, at the height of the label’s success.
The Apartments were contemporaries of The Go-Betweens, who were both friends and fans, releasing the first Apartments EP on their own Able Label. Robert Forster later wrote liner notes for Captured Tracks reissue of The Apartments first album, the evening visits...and stays for years. Forster spoke of the mysteries and myths that surrounded Walsh…“from first acquaintance, he came with whispers and claims on his trail—a princely person more formed than most, certainly more than Grant and I and his group was alive and dangerous from the get-go…An historical note. Peter Milton Walsh would have to be the only person of male gender to inspire two Go-Betweens songs—'That Way' and 'Don't Let Him Come Back').”
In the years and albums which followed the evening visits…The Apartments developed an intense, devoted following throughout Europe and America.
In March 2015, Brooklyn's Captured Tracks dropped an expanded deluxe vinyl reissue of 1985's Rough Trade debut, the evening visits… In April in Paris, the first new Apartments album in 18 years—No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal—was released by Paris label, Microcultures.
By year's end, No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal had been named #1 Album of the Year by France's leading music blog/magazine, Magic, over significant albums by international acts such as Sufjan Stevens, Father John Misty, Kurt Vile and Low. It also featured in Top 10 and Top 20 Albums of 2015 lists by blogs, magazines and fans throughout Europe and the USIn Australia’s renowned contemporary music radio show, “Inside Sleeve” named Twenty One, from the new Apartments album, their #1 Song of 2015.
In December 2016, a special edition of No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal with two new bonus tracks will be released by Dutch label, Brandy Alexander Recordings.
No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal
Played with quiet grace, the eight chamber-pop songs here are alternately harrowing and redemptive, anchored by loss."
The first album of new material in years from Australian Peter Milton Walsh of the Apartments is fantastic, emotionally profound, and maybe the most moving collection of songs I’ve heard in years. Untouchably great. #1 in my Best Albums of 2015.”
Dave Di Martino, Rolling Stone
Emerging from long exile, No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal—his seventh album under The Apartments' name—is the record Peter Milton Walsh has been working towards his entire career, and will establish his place in the pantheon. The album is a moving hymn to love, loss and more loss, which ultimately proves how love can outlast even the greatest loss.”
Clinton Walker, Sydney, Australia
Eighteen years after they released their last studio album, the return of The Apartments with No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal means more than just a new record to add to their perfect, mythical discography. What we have is an album that carries these years of absence, a deep artistic and personal history, a striking comeback into the world of music, eminently intimate yet universal. It’s perfect just as it is. 5/5 Stars.”
Noel Mengel, Courier Mail, Brisbane Australia