With Zebra, the fourth Arp LP, NY-based artist/producer/DJ, Alexis Georgopoulos, boldly steps into vastly new musical territory - blurring the lines between electronic and acoustic, between the experimental impulse and the addictive pop sensibility. Reaching across genres - colliding modern composition with post-pop structures, dub techniques and three-dimensional geometries - Georgopoulos creates a delirious melange of sound, spellbinding in its range.
Using forward-looking production techniques and an idiosyncratic instrumental palette - analog synthesizers, double bass, Fender Rhodes, electronic and acoustic drums, flute, harmonizers and tape delay - Georgopoulos paints a topography of sound, hinting at an astonishing range of styles - 4th world tremors, vibey cosmic jazz, forward-looking 80s Japanese production, floating kosmische drum atmospherics. Like transmissions through a medium wave receiver, it moves, liquid like, in flow motion.
A mutant offspring of diverse stylings, unlikely convergences, unfixed constellations, stretching into new mutations. All that's solid melts to air, all that's air crystallizes into rhythm, shifting through multiple atmospheres, telling a complicated story that compels repeat listens. Zebra emphasizes 'points of connectivity' in a time when reactive and fractious isolationism threaten to emphasize division.