Arp – “White Light” & “From A Balcony Overlooking The Sea”
September 23, 2010, 7:42 pm
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Sometimes, directly referencing your influences/idols can work, but it is perilous to attempt. The key to succeeding is owning your influence and putting your own stamp on it.  For every James Murphy – who has made a career out of writing brilliant, innovative homages – there are a hundred bands like the Dandy Warhols who cop classic riffs because they’re talentless hacks.  San Franciscan Alexis Georgopoulos a.k.a. Arp falls into the former camp.  He wears his influences – Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Can, Neu!, etc. – on his sleeve, but manages to churn out tunes there are subtly unique.  The instrumental “White Light” lives up to its name with an insistent, chugging guitar riff lifted from the Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat and left to navigate a dense, electronic sound collage.  “From A Balcony Overlooking The Sea” is, admittedly, a pretty bald tribute to Brian Eno (specifically, Another Green World) but its gorgeous lull is impossible to resist.

The Soft Wave is out 9/28 on Smalltown Supersound.

Download MP3: “White Light”

Download MP3: “From A Balcony Overlooking The Sea”

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