Boomkat Product Review:
Gorgeous sophomore solo album of contemporary kosmische from Arp aka Alexis Georgopoulos of The Alps and Expanding Head band fame. His previous helpings of heavenly transmissions on 'In Light' and in conjunction with Anthony Moore have gained cult status, loved by everyone from Uncut to Pitchfork for their melding of sunset emotions and pastoral bliss conducted with an exquisitely charming elegance. Amidst the reams of Kosmische operators around today, 'The Soft Wave' stands high above the clouds with exceptionally high production values and an instinctive feel for the lushest strains of synthesizer music, comparable to Cluster or Popol Vuh in scope and deploying an impressive array of Moog Voyager, Juno 107, Space Echo Tape Delay, guitars, flute and all the apparatus required to create such an opulent, warm, and magical sound. Everything about this album is a tribute to the golden era of mid-late '70s German electronic sound, from the trickle of caramelised bass tones and arcing, expansive moods of the two part 'Pastoral Symphony', to the more pensive 'White Light', which keeps the experimental aesthetic alive with a balance of harsh distortion and fluid guitar lines, to the sublimely tempered euphoria of 'Alfa (Dusted)' and the tidal lap of keys stroking the milky way synths of 'Catch Wave'. The majestically refined 'High Life' could almost be an offcut from the classic 'Cluster & Eno' album and resistance to the misty eyed emotion of 'Summer Girl (Marble & Glass)' is pretty much futile. Fans of Oneohtrix Point Never, Belbury Poly, Emeralds or Etienne Jaumet need this in their life.