“Le Voyage” by The Alps
The fourth album from the astral-travellin' threesome...
Still comprised of the core threesome of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Tarentel), Alexis Georgopoulos (ARP) and Scott Hewicker (Troll), The Alps return to Type in full force for their fourth sprawling long player. Buoyed by the praise lavished upon its predecessor ‘III’, the band were adamant that ‘Le Voyage’ would be bigger, brighter and better than anything in their catalogue to date, and we can report that they have been successful in their quest.
The sun-bleached European movie soundtrack sentiment that underpinned their previous records is still here in full force, but it comes rolled up in something defiantly more psychedelic, and in turn more unpredictable. Sewn together by vignettes which bring to mind Delia Derbyshire’s Radiophonic hiccups or Luc Ferrari’s tape collage, the band have put together an album which genuinely takes you on a journey. Surely it can’t be a mistake calling the album ‘Le Voyage’ then, a title which simultaneously brings to mind the work of Serge Gainsbourg and Alejandro Jordorowsky – something deeply visual but effortlessly beautiful.
With propulsive, break heavy rhythms sure to appeal to any diggers out there and a blissful, sunny outlook to wipe the frown from the faces of all you dour experimental types, ‘Le Voyage’ is a crack of light in a dark room. A mysterious record, it is punctuated by the same energy that gave us space rock and psychedelia, and while the band are quick to demonstrate their wide-ranging musical knowledge, there is something incredibly unique about their sound. This is not a lazy soundtrack to a film which might never be made, rather ‘Le Voyage’ is a journey for the listener and one you will want to take over and over again.