From Alps to Arp - Page 2

Alexis Georgopoulos has an SF homecoming at the On Land Festival

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"There's just something about tape, the way that things can sound far away but also very present."
PHOTO BY PETE DEEVAKUL

I'd written and demoed a number of songs with words and vocals for The Soft Wave sessions. But after listening to what had been recorded, "From A Balcony" seemed appropriate while the others seemed destined for another album, the next album.

Initially, the idea of including just one song with vocals on an album seemed bizarre. But then, the unlikeliness of it all — the fact that I couldn't think of an album that did that — began to appeal to me. The next album will be entirely vocal songs. "From A Balcony" is the bridge to the next record.

SFBG "High Life" also marks an overt step into melodicism. In some ways it's so immediate or classic it sounds like a cover (forgive my ignorance if it is indeed one). Can you tell me a bit about the creation of that song?

AG Ha! That's great. Well, it's my own tune. But I'd be curious to know if you know of a song that sounds like it! That reminds me of the story about Paul McCartney waking up with the melody from "Yesterday" in his head. It was already so fully formed, so familiar in his dream, he was convinced it probably wasn't his own tune. Some record executives looked into it, really looked high and low for a preexisting song that sounded like it. They didn't find it. So McCartney recorded the song. I think it's the most covered song of all time. Alas, I digress!

"High Life" is just a joyful little tune. Something to lighten things up after recording "From A Balcony." It's a bit cheeky, innit? I was sort of going for a Holger Czukay solo album feel, when he was into West African music and Fairlight synthesizers. I love Malcolm McLaren's track "Obatala" (from 1983's Duck Rock). It's always struck me as sounding a lot like late-'70s Can. Like ethnological synth forgery. Fourth world.

ON LAND FESTIVAL: ARP DJ SET

With Oneohtrix Point Never, White Rainbow, Pete Swanson, Operative, Robert A.A. Lowe, Eli Kezsler and Ashley Paul, Golden Retriever

Fri/3, 7:30 p.m., $10 ($45 for four-night festival pass)

Cafe du Nord

2170 Market, SF

(415) 861-5016

www.cafedunord.com

ON LAND FESTIVAL: THE ALPS

With Zelionople, Xela, Date Palms, Grasslung, Metal Rouge, Le Revelateur

Sat/4, 7:30 p.m. $10 ($45 for four-night festival pass)

Cafe du Nord

2170 Market, SF

(415) 861-5016

www.cafedunord.com

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