As the title infers, there is a 'cosmic' quality to Pulsars e Quasars — in a sense, it draws a link to his earlier Cosmic Synth work, albeit reclaiming and redefining it in a Pop songwriting context. "Pulsars e Quasars," the title–track and mini–album's first single, is a lysergic rush, a kaleidoscopic bite of psychedelic Anglophile pop. His voice finds a comfortable spot between the narcotic resplendence of George Harrison and the delicacy of Broadcast's Trish Keenan. The music, meanwhile, opens swathed in phased guitars before building into a prismatic, melodic fuzzed out mass.
Alexis Georgopoulos aka Arp (rhymes with ‘harp’ – not pronounced “A.R.P.”) has always approached recordings with a conceptual bent. Imbued with an expansive sense of music history – he’s written about Pop and Avant-Garde music for i-D (UK), V, ANP Quarterly, BOMB, Fader, and Vice – he has a penchant for doing the unexpected and refusing to take part in the fleeting pop trends of the given day in favor of pursuing a more adventurous trajectory.
Georgopoulos made last year’s full–length MORE primarily by himself. The endeavor took time. With Pulsars e Quasars, he wanted to work quickly. He asked a few friends to join him in the studio. And while the same nuanced attention to detail that characterized MORE is present here (FADER’s Emilie Friedlander called it “beautiful psych-pop”), there is a looser, slightly more drugged–out, live band quality present here.