Boomkat Product Review:
*EXTRAORDINARY ALBUM FROM TARENTEL'S JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA AND FRIENDS FOR THE TYPE LABEL* Listing the personnel behind The Alps should provide you with a rough idea of where this record is headed: Tarentel's Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is joined by Arp and ex-Tussle member Alexis Georgopoulos plus Troll's Scott Hewicker, who come together to create an utterly gorgeous, cinematic blend of vintage psychedelia, Goblin-style bass grooves and melodies that sound like they've been extracted from an obscure Bruno Nicolai or Fabio Frizzi score, never more so than on the giallo fuzz tones of 'Labyrinths'. Elsewhere 'Hallucinations' channels the spirit of the more out there krautrock of the 1970s, featuring some especially wonky detuning effects and tape saturated choral passages. In a similar vein 'Cloud One' recruits a line in open-tuned guitar repetition, laying down a slack-stringed mantra over which modal keystrokes flounce around. To put a more contemporary spin on all this, you might align 'Into The Breeze' with the sort of material to be found on Air's early 12"s, but if you had to restrict your palette of comparisons to just one band throughout all this, you'd have to opt for Popol Vuh, who have clearly made a big impression on the Alps' wonderfully old-fashioned blend of euro-psych soundscapes and deftly defined song arcs. Brilliant, an essential purchase!