Arp Shares New Song from “Pulsars e Quasars”

Arp Shares his new single "Pulsars e Quasars" from his forthcoming EP out September 23rd via the Mexican Summer label, Arp will announce live dates soon

Alexis Georgopoulos aka Arp (rhymes with “harp,” not pronounced A.R.P.) has always approached recordings with a conceptual bent. Imbued with an expansive sense of music history – he’s written about pop and avant-garde music for i-DVANP Quarterly, BOMBThe FADER and Vice – he has a penchant for doing the unexpected and refusing to take part in the fleeting pop trends of the given day in favor of pursuing a more adventurous trajectory.

Georgopoulos made MORE, released last year via Smalltown Supersound, primarily by himself. The endeavor took time. With “Pulsars e Quasars,” out September 23rd via Mexican Summer, he wanted to work quickly. He asked a few friends to join him in the studio. And while the same nuanced attention to detail that characterized MORE is present here, there is a looser, slightly more drugged-out, live band quality present here.

As the title infers, there is a ‘cosmic’ quality to “Pulsars e Quasars” – in a sense, it draws a link to his earlier cosmic synth work, albeit reclaiming and redefining it in a pop songwriting context. It also shows the noisier, kraut-y side of Arp. Take for instance, the title track and EP’s first single, “Pulsars e Quasars.” It’s a lysergic rush, a kaleidoscopic bite of psychedelic Anglophile pop. As with MORE, it shows Georgopoulos settling into his singing voice which is finding a comfortable spot between the narcotic resplendence of George Harrison and the delicacy of Broadcast’s Trish Keenan. The music, meanwhile, opens swathed in phased guitars before building into a prismatic, melodic fuzzed out mass.


“Pulsars e Quasars” EP Track listing:   

1. Suns

2. Pulsars e Quasars

3. Chromatiques II (Extended Mix)

4. UHF1

5. On Returning

6. The Violet Hour (Film Dub)

7. New Persuasion (Version by La Re ve lateur)

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