Arp - More
Something new I’ve been enjoying a great deal the past couple weeks: Arp’s new More, an utterly charming LP that conjures up the High Llamas/Stereolab axis, maybe a little Nilsson, maybe a little Cardinal, some Brian Wilson. You know, classic pop mixed with a bit of healthy experimentation. I gather that ARP’s main dude Alexis Georgopoulos previously dealt in more electronic kinds of sounds — and there’s some of that here — but here it’s mainly all about lovely melodies, melancholy string arrangements and smart songwriting. Georgopoulos pulls off a wide variety of styles, from the minimalism-meets-Lou’s-“Street Hassle” of “Gravity (For Charlemagne Palestine)” to the very Llamas-esque “High Heeled Clouds” to the jangle rock of “Judy Nylon.” Check More out, I think you’ll dig it.