Described in the press release as “Post-Everything”, each track here shines light on a different landmark on Alexis Georgopoulos AKA Arp`s musical journey to date. On Zebra, his fifth solo long player, New Age synthesisers meet marimbas on pieces that prompt me to namecheck Broadcast, Floating Points, and Vanishing Twin. Tribal rhythms mix with crystalline guitar on Pop, that could be a distant echo of Tears For Fears` Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Underpin the ghost of a Basic Channel reshape. Reich-ian counterpoint partners a racing robotic arpeggio. Horns blow in the manner of Archie Shepp`s reading of A Balm In Gilead. Brass sings like Leon Thomas` yodel on a Pharaoh Sanders-esque Spiritual. Cymbal crashes accompanying pianos and Jazz syncopation. Sounding like the ECM of Keith Jarrett Dancin`. Closing with a memory of Cluster`s Pastoral Kosmische. All of it overlapping, segueing seamlessly, synergising, into a whole.
Mexican Summer release Arp`s Zebra this Friday, June 22nd. You can order a copy here.