Monday’s journey tunes: Le Voyage, the fourth LP by Californian psychedelics The Alps, is streaming right now on Type’s website. Le Voyage arrives May 25th on LP/CD.
“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.”
Also, in celebration of Le Voyage’s upcoming release, The Alps made a “blissed-out summer mix” as part of the label’s Typecast series, which is available for free download here.