10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A supergroup of sorts, Alps features two underground favorites (Tarentel co-founder Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, ARP’s Alexis Georgopoulous ) and a part-time Troll — the band, not the storybook character — who peddles LPs at one of the country’s best record stores (Scott Hewicker of the San Francisco shop Aquarius Records). With a pedigree like that, you better believe Le Voyage is a strange trip indeed, from its short but surreal interludes (the wicked waltz of “Marzipan,” the dream sequence effects of “Petals”) to the towering trilogy that brings us all back down to earth. That’d be the chirping crickets, plaintive piano progressions and opium den overtones of “Black Mountain”; the cosmic Krautrock chords of the title track; and the penultimate psych-rock peaks of “Telepathe.” In the world of album closers, it’s a particularly heavy one, especially when compared to Le Voyage’s other bookend, the fireside finger-picking of “Drop In.” It's one of many unexpected moments in a record that owes more to old film scores and Serge Gainsbourg than anything else you'll hear this year.  

EDITORS’ NOTES

A supergroup of sorts, Alps features two underground favorites (Tarentel co-founder Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, ARP’s Alexis Georgopoulous ) and a part-time Troll — the band, not the storybook character — who peddles LPs at one of the country’s best record stores (Scott Hewicker of the San Francisco shop Aquarius Records). With a pedigree like that, you better believe Le Voyage is a strange trip indeed, from its short but surreal interludes (the wicked waltz of “Marzipan,” the dream sequence effects of “Petals”) to the towering trilogy that brings us all back down to earth. That’d be the chirping crickets, plaintive piano progressions and opium den overtones of “Black Mountain”; the cosmic Krautrock chords of the title track; and the penultimate psych-rock peaks of “Telepathe.” In the world of album closers, it’s a particularly heavy one, especially when compared to Le Voyage’s other bookend, the fireside finger-picking of “Drop In.” It's one of many unexpected moments in a record that owes more to old film scores and Serge Gainsbourg than anything else you'll hear this year.  

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About The Alps

The Alps are an experimental rock trio from San Francisco who released their debut studio recording in 2008 after some earlier home recordings were well received. Their music is sometimes described as filmic. Comprised of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (also of Tarentel), Alexis Georgopoulos (aka ARP; also of Tussle), and Scott Hewicker (also of Troll), the Alps made their full-length album debut in 2006 with Jewelt Galaxies/Spirit Shambles. Released on the label Spekk, Jewelt Galaxies/Spirit Shambles compiles a pair of previously released home recording sessions from 2005. The Alps released their studio album debut, III (2008), a couple years later on Type Records. In 2010 The Alps released their hauntingly cinematic sophomore studio album, Le Voyage.~ Jason Birchmeier

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